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Beyond NAFTA: Issues in North American Free Trade

Beyond NAFTA: Issues in North American Free Trade

Beyond NAFTA, Mexico and Canada could benefit greatly from a boom in the U.S. economy if it is accompanied by wise domestic policy decisions.

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Refugee Policy Should Always Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

Refugee Policy Should Always Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

As refugee funds are limited, assistance should be concentrated on those who are worst off—individuals and communities that are victims of genocide.

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Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Missile Defense

Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Missile Defense

Pyongyang wants to develop a nuclear capable ICBM, capable of hitting the United States’ west coast. This could become a reality as early as this year.

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The Fog of Politics and Denied Justice

The Fog of Politics and Denied Justice

Establishing the facts in an objective review could possibly achieve some form of justice for victims of war crimes and genocide.

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The Normalization of Policies that Ignore Genocide

The Normalization of Policies that Ignore Genocide

2017 will either be the year in which governments decide to stop genocide in the Middle East or allow these atrocities to be normalized.

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Resolving America’s Immigration Issues One Policy At A Time

Resolving America’s Immigration Issues One Policy At A Time

A new and innovative approach to deal with non-status immigrants must be developed in order to resolve to the US immigration debate.

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Are Cold War Politics Back?

Are Cold War Politics Back?

The Clinton campaign linked hacks of the DNC to Russia. Snowden took refuge in Moscow. And the Obama administration has been linked to hacking of close allies.

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Nadia Murad, Genocide and the Post U.S. Election

Nadia Murad, Genocide and the Post U.S. Election

Although NGOs have pushed to help Yazidis, it has been extremely difficult to get governments to even acknowledge the ongoing atrocities.

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The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

The End of Extremism and the New Cold War

Victory over the Islamic State in Mosul and Raqqa will bring about the demise of ISIS but fail to foster an end to the tensions and conflict in the region.

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The Popular Will and Colombia’s Referendum

The Popular Will and Colombia’s Referendum

A continued push against the result of the vote has created greater divisions as referendums themselves are now being seen as bad policy. But are they?

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At the Brink of Extinction, They are Asking for America’s Help

At the Brink of Extinction, They are Asking for America’s Help

It is not unreasonable to think that all minorities will be wiped out of the Middle East very soon, simply because of our lack of interest.

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Impeachment Should be Legitimized by an Election in Brazil

Impeachment Should be Legitimized by an Election in Brazil

Michel Temer, the current President, was not democratically elected. The lack of elections will give rise to more divisiveness in Brazil when a strong government is needed.

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Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

Taking Advantage of Foreign Policy

In the eyes of Russia, Iran, American allies and many Americans themselves, the United States is no longer guiding foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Making the Olympics Less of an Elite Event

Making the Olympics Less of an Elite Event

No country should host the Olympics unless there is a guaranteed positive economic return from the Games. Unfortunately, this is not the case of Rio 2016.

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Protecting Citizens, Vulnerable Groups and The Social Contract

Protecting Citizens, Vulnerable Groups and The Social Contract

The social contract outlines the responsibility of a government to keep their citizenry safe and healthy within reasonable measures.

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About the Author

Richard Basas
Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration

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