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Op-Ed: Why the US is correct in re-imposing sanctions

Op-Ed: Why the US is correct in re-imposing sanctions

The Iranian regime poses a strategic threat to the entire world and thus, it is critical for the US to act against this threat. Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov once proclaimed, “A country that does not respect the rights of its people won’t respect the rights of its neighbors.”  If one carefully ...

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The Belt and Road Initiative: Shaping the Narrative of a China Story

The Belt and Road Initiative: Shaping the Narrative of a China Story

Mapping the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), one can easily get lost in the amount of information available. Hundreds of projects and nearly a trillion dollars’ worth of investments currently exist in over 60 countries. A serious analysis of each project must take into account a variety of ...

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UK Consumer Debt: A cause for alarm?

UK Consumer Debt: A cause for alarm?

As consumer debt in the UK reaches pre-2008 financial crisis levels within a new low interest rate austerity dynamic, we examine whether there is reasonable cause for concern and how the Government and Bank of England mitigate the risk. Consumer debt is an individual form of debt which is composed ...

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Recent Reforms for Women in Saudi Arabia

Don’t Be Fooled by the Recent Reforms for Women in Saudi Arabia

  On June 24th, Saudi Arabia lifted the ban against women driving, which was in place for over 25 years. This reform came just days after the one-year anniversary of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s (MbS) rise to power. Since his ascension, the young prince has initiated widespread

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Security Woes: Why Europe Must Develop Its Own Security Framework

Security Woes: Why Europe Must Develop Its Own Security Framework

Not since the 1950s has the need for a unified European security framework been greater. Deteriorating relations between the United States and European nations, evidenced most recently by disagreements during the G7 Summit, reflect a divergence in foreign-policy interests between traditional cross-Atlantic partners —and the end of an era ...

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Questioning Water Scarcity in the MENA Region

Questioning Water Scarcity in the MENA Region

Conceptual overview What is water scarcity? At a conceptual level, water scarcity can be defined as “the lack of access to adequate quantities of water for human and environmental uses.” Attempts to measure or quantify scarcity have taken on a variety of forms from cubic meters ...

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How the Ba’ath Ideology Drew the Contours of the Modern Middle East

How the Ba’ath Ideology Drew the Contours of the Modern Middle East

  With the decline of the old colonial powers such as Great Britain and France after World War II, the Soviet Union stepped into the stage of the Middle East as the major superpower. The process was hastened through the advent of various forms of movements and revolutions for independence in ...

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Revisiting Decentralization After Maidan: Achievements and Challenges of Ukraine’s Local Governance Reform

Revisiting Decentralization After Maidan: Achievements and Challenges of Ukraine’s Local Governance Reform

Four years after Russia annexed Crimea and Russia-backed separatists revolted against the Ukrainian government in 2014, new clashes in the prolonged conflict have caused a spike in casualties. While Ukraine continues to counter the military challenge in the east of its territory, Kyiv has simultaneously undertaken unprecedented and ever-new attempts ...

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What Is the Real Story Behind the MH17 Disaster?

What Is the Real Story Behind the MH17 Disaster?

The official investigation of the rather obvious case of the MH17 disaster by the Joint Investigation Team has been excruciatingly slow. Already, on 17 July 2014, the day of the shooting, it was clear that this missile could have had only come from a regular Russian army unit. Who ...

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Refugee Crisis on Jeju Island Reveals the Pride and Prejudice of South Korea’s Ecstatic Populism

Refugee Crisis on Jeju Island Reveals the Pride and Prejudice of South Korea’s Ecstatic Populism

A sense of xenophobia is spreading across South Korea: a massive number of the G20 country’s inhabitants have begun to increasingly manifest their Choson-dynasty, tribal-mindset hostility against the 561 Yemeni refugees waiting to get their refugee status approved on the visa-free Jeju Island. Since an online petition supporting ...

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Palestinian Millennial Activists and Israel’s Diminishing Support

Palestinian Millennial Activists and Israel’s Diminishing Support

    Contrary to the common perception, US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could have an unintended consequence that could profoundly alter the current, one-sided dynamic. So far, this decision has revealed to the world that U.S. is not ...

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On Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From The Iran Deal

On Trump’s Decision to Withdraw From The Iran Deal

Donald Trump’s message and views on Iran have been remarkably consistent throughout his time in the public sphere. Even immediately following the deal’s successful negotiation, Trump came out against it, hurling a line many would become very familiar with: “Never, ever, ever in my life have I seen ...

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Human Trafficking in India: Abuse from the Rural Elite and the Wider Implications

Human Trafficking in India: Abuse from the Rural Elite and the Wider Implications

  At any given time, India contains an estimated 18.4 million victims of modern slavery. Of that number, 26 percent, or 5.5 million, are children. India is no exception to the trend that trafficking and subsequent slavery are shown to be most prevalent in countries producing consumer goods through low-cost labor, ...

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How Germany sees Ukraine

How Germany sees Ukraine

    A New Study Documents Meticulously a Wide Range of German Expert Opinion on Ukrainian Affairs and on Their Current Perception in Germany Germany is Western Europe’s demographically and economically most significant country, while Ukraine has, in the post-Soviet period, become a geopolitical pivot state of Eastern Europe as well as ...

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Ethiopia Between Risk and Reform

Ethiopia Between Risk and Reform

On 2 April 2018, Ethiopia’s restless new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was sworn into power. Since then the Federal Republic of Ethiopia has found itself in a whirlwind of reform. Ethiopia is undergoing its most significant changes since the 1991 birth of the EPRDF ruling coalition under its controversial leader, ...

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