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  Crisis in the Crimea

Crisis in the Crimea There’s nothing like an invasion to shake up the world order. Russia’s take-over of the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and the West’s inability to stop the annexation reveals the limitations of the current balance of power.  The …

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  A Latin American Reset: Ten Elections in Thirteen Months

From October 2013 to December 2014, there will be ten national elections in Latin America. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Uruguay are either having presidential or legislative elections, or both. In most of …

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  Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

With one debt crisis averted in Washington, another one is still brewing on the horizon in Puerto Rico. The consequences of a default would have a wide-spread impact beyond the island as Puerto Rico’s bonds are a major part of …

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  Progress on Millennium Development Goals with less than1000 days to go

In 2015, the day of reckoning will appear and countries worldwide will have to defend their policies and achievements towards the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) put forth by the United Nations. Conceived of and passed in 2000, the eight …

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  Moving beyond India’s brain drain

The India vs. China has been raging for years, which one will develop faster and which model is more successful? Over the past year China’s growth has slowed to around eight percent, instead of the average ten percent it achieved …

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  Manufacturing: After the Bangladesh Factory Collapse

On April 24, 2013, a clothing factory in Rana Plaza, outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring many others.  Upon inspection following the collapse, officials found that the factory’s construction did not meet codes.  The …

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  Snowden Extradition a Global Issue

The case of Edward Snowden, a NSA contractor who leaked government information regarding the U.S. government programs PRISM and Tempora, reveals how domestic issues can quickly turn global. Upon releasing the classified information about these programs to a London-based newspaper, …

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  The Arms Trade Treaty

Introduction A global arms treaty has long been debated amongst the United Nations countries, yet many doubted it would actually happen. On April 2, 2013, the UN voted overwhelmingly to create an international arms trade treaty that imposes new limits …

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  Cyprus Bailout: An Anomaly or a Sign of a New Polarized EU?

For twelve days in March, banks in Cyprus were closed for business. Tough capital controls meant that people, companies, and governments were unable to make deposits or remove funds from their accounts during this period. Ordinary Cypriots worried about buying gas for …

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  Life after Chavez

Within minutes of the announcement of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, media outlets worldwide covered this breaking story. Considered larger than life, Chavez ruled Venezuela with an iron fist for the past 14 years. In 1998, Chavez came …

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