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  Behind the New Burma

A thaw in relations between Burma and the West is underway. U.S. Secretary of State, United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary and other high level government officials from the West have recently visited this former pariah state. Europe eased travel bans for …

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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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  Ahead of Us: A Russian Spring or a Russian Winter?

Protesting against political and economic injustices, people around the world are finding the courage to speak out against corrupt regimes and powerful multinationals. First there was the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement followed soon thereafter. Now, Russia is …

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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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  Bono: The Power of One

On World AIDS Day 2011, television viewers could turn on CNN and watch Bono profusely thank the U.S. for their commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic.  In a New York Times editorial published that day, Bono wrote, “The United States …

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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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  Ten Years Later: The Global Impact of the 9.11 Attacks

On September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out on United States soil that would forever change the landscape of the international community. Osama bin Laden, a member of a wealthy Saudi family network, facilitated attacks …

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  Armed and Dangerous: The Mexican Drug Wars

Violent outbursts, related to drug sales and distribution, have been a regular occurrence for many years in Mexico, annually taking the lives of thousands. While a passive approach was deemed permissible throughout the 1990’s and partially into the next decade. …

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