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  A Kim of a Different Il: Possible effects of North Korean Succession

Introduction and History On December 17, 2011, North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-il, died of a heart attack while on a train outside of Pyongyang.  As a result, his youngest son, Great Successor Kim Jong-un, was left in control of …

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  Cuba Libre: The Liberalization of a Socialist Country

Introduction On November 10, 2011, one of the most significant economic reforms took place in Cuba, the long standing communist country. For the first time in 50 years, Cuban people were allowed to buy and sell property as the country …

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  Free Trade Agreements: 2011

In October 2011, several new U.S. trade agreements were enacted to further integrate the global marketplace. The United States passed legislation that had been in the works for the past several years, agreeing to new trading terms with Panama, Colombia, …

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  Going for Broke, Is Italy Next?

A huge government debt, a sluggish economy, and a divided political system are three of the biggest problems facing countries around the world. With a debt of 1.2 trillion Euros, a debt-to-GDP ratio of 120 percent, a government bond rate …

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  Solyndra’s Lessons: Challenges of the Global Energy Market

In September 2011, Solyndra, a U.S.-based solar panel manufacturer, declared bankruptcy. The Solyndra case illustrates the complexity of developing renewable energies. Many globalization factors influence the production and distribution of renewable energy, such as economics, politics, science and technology policy, …

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  2011: Year of the Protest

On October 15th 2011, protests based on the Occupy Wall Street movement were held in 80 countries around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have expressed their anger and indignation against corporate greed, especially the role …

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  Why Are Tar Sands so Controversial?

Recent star-studded rallies in front of the White House and the Canadian Parliament protest the building of the Keystone XL, an oil pipeline connecting Canada’s tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Considered a strategic element of U.S. energy policy, …

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  The Bolivarization of South America: The Rise of Pan-Americanism

Introduction Recently, the nations within South America have been experiencing what has been referred to as a rise of the “new left.”  As various new regimes come into power, including Ollanta Humala in Peru and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, the …

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  Electric Cars: Wave of the Future or Worst Investment Ever Made?

In September 2011, Canada welcomed its first shipment of Chevrolet Volts. General Motors and SAIC, its Chinese partner, agreed to co-develop a new electric car.1 And, the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany dedicated a whole exhibit hall to electric mobility.2 …

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  Case Study: From Revolutions to Elections, the Arab Autumn

This analysis will compare and contrast the unique and shared challenges facing Arab countries as they transition to democracy.

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