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Panama Papers Leak and the Growing use of Tax Havens

Panama Papers Leak and the Growing use of Tax Havens

Over 11 million leaked financial documents related to offshore tax havens has shed light on a large network of corruption and embezzlement that involves 12 current or former world leaders and some 130 politicians from around the globe.

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How Will The Saudi-Iranian Conflict Affect Oil Markets?

How Will The Saudi-Iranian Conflict Affect Oil Markets?

The recent Saudi-Iranian clash is unlikely to affect oil markets for now, but the redistribution of political power between Saudi Arabia and Iran, along with the US disengagement from the Middle East might have long-term consequences for the region’s stability and global oil supply trends.

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BURDEN OF PEACE: A Candid Discussion with Filmmaker Joey Boink

BURDEN OF PEACE: A Candid Discussion with Filmmaker Joey Boink

Paul Nash of the Foreign Policy Association spoke with director Joey Boink about “Burden of Peace,” the challenges of he faced while filming in one of the world’s more dangerous countries, and human rights in Guatemala.

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GailForce: Cypberspace Symposium Part II

GailForce:  Cypberspace Symposium Part II

Last week was pretty interesting for cyber policy issues.

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Next Week’s Headlines

Next Week’s Headlines

While news about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Greek debt floods the airwaves, other hotspots simmer just out of view.

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GailForce: Cyberspace Symposium Part I

GailForce:  Cyberspace Symposium Part I

The theme of this year’s event was: Protecting Cyberspace: Policy, Partnerships, and Practical Solutions. The event was well organized, informative and thought provoking.

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The Eroding Authority of Government?

The Eroding Authority of Government?

How does the “the eroding authority of government” impact American foreign policy making?

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The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

The Weight of History on the Arrested Development of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Potential

Kazakhstan’s tragic history of nuclear catastrophe still bears heavily on the national consciousness in the midst of new talks with Toshiba.

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Trade And Strategic Logic

Trade And Strategic Logic

America’s true strategic logic of trade is to promote development for every possible people and place. In practice, though, the first two of Froman’s three themes compromise that of broad-based development.

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Syrian couple under Islamic State rule aspires to flee to Turkey

Syrian couple under Islamic State rule aspires to flee to Turkey

A Syrian human rights group reported on the struggles faced by a young couple living under Islamic State rule in Raqqa. The two of them are thinking of getting married and fleeing to Turkey.

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Torture as a False Moral Dilemma

Torture as a False Moral Dilemma

Many people — ordinary citizens and high-ranking government officials alike — tacitly view the torture issue as a moral dilemma. They acknowledge that the practice is morally repugnant, but they also assume that it is a fast and effective method for securing vital information that cannot otherwise be obtained.

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Review: Speechwriting for Leaders

Review: Speechwriting for Leaders

On a chilly November evening in 2011, Poland’s foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, stood before the German Society of Foreign Affairs in Berlin and delivered one of the best speeches of his career.

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The BRICS Under Cheap Oil

The BRICS Under Cheap Oil

The rapid rise in the value of the U.S. dollar and the effect of new riches in the U.S. energy market has left many adversaries of the U.S. with serious future financial issues

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Somalia’s New Race Against Time

Somalia’s New Race Against Time

Despite the roller coaster of political and security-related drama that dominated the headlines in this past year, I still remain optimistic about Somalia’s future — cautiously of course.

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Ten Most Important Books of the Year

Ten Most Important Books of the Year

Ten of the most important books from 2014 that reflect developments of the past year in international affairs.

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