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Commodifying nature: The price of ice

Commodifying nature: The price of ice

A graduate student recently interviewed me for his dissertation on Russia, the Arctic, oil and gas. During the interview, he asked me what I believed was the single most important Arctic resource. The answer could have been oil, gas, minerals, fisheries, or any other number of commodities. I responded that …

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Poor timing may leave CAR to its fate

Poor timing may leave CAR to its fate

The people of the Central African Republic (CAR) may be left to fend for themselves. Despite the increasingly dire humanitarian crisis emerging in the country, conflict in other countries may overshadow the situation so much that the country will be left to its fate.
Scores of people were killed …

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Strike on Syria: What Kind of World?

Strike on Syria: What Kind of World?

President Woodrow Wilson has long fascinated me. He is one of those presidents that is a giant in history, but few people know much about him. Steven Spielberg has never made a movie about him, you don’t hear his name referenced on the Sunday talk shows, and he seems entirely …

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The Whistleblower (2010)

The Whistleblower (2010)

Sex trafficking.
It happens all over the world but is largely invisible to most.
What The Whistleblower (a drama, not a documentary) does is expose it as it occurred in Bosnia in 1999, four years after the Dayton Accord was reached.
Rachel Weisz plays Kathryn Bolkovac, a police officer from Nebraska who …

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A War of Words on Syria

A War of Words on Syria

The language of war could swell volumes with what would at once be the most depressing and coldly technical glossaries of chaos ever scribed.  The intersection of political calculation and unrelenting violence is formed by an endless stream of words.  Open-air condemnations and closed-door strategizing.  Shouts and whispers, threats and …

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Chong Chon Gang and North Korea’s Arms-Refurbishing Trade

Chong Chon Gang and North Korea’s Arms-Refurbishing Trade

 
Sometimes you look at it, and it seems a fairly straight-forward, if somewhat bizarre, story. Then again, it bears a hint of mystery. A North Korean dry-cargo merchant vessel, MV Chong Chon Gang, traveling from Cuba to the Panama Canal, was boarded by Panamanian military personnel on suspicion that it …

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Neutrality is No Longer an Option

Neutrality is No Longer an Option

Photo: POOL/Reuters
As a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has sometimes drawn criticism for the use of its veto to forestall other nation’s interference in the affairs of its allies. Recently, Beijing was …

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Africa Showing Zero Tolerance for Organized Terror

Africa Showing Zero Tolerance for Organized Terror

Nigeria increased its offensive last week against the insurgence group Boko Haram in an attempt to reclaim the northwest region where the rebel group has attempted to carve out an Islamic state for the last four years. The conflict has left more than …

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The ATT, the NRA, and the Politics of Treaty Ratification

The ATT, the NRA, and the Politics of Treaty Ratification

Regular readers of Foreign Policy Blogs may be familiar with the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Trevor Keck and Joe Gurowsky, for instance, have touched on the topic in earlier posts. …

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Yes, U.N. Does Pass the Arms Trade Treaty

Yes, U.N. Does Pass the Arms Trade Treaty

Update to 26 of March entry, “Will a New Arms Trade Treaty Be Approved?”:
On 2 April, the U.N. General Assembly passed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the first binding international treaty designed to regulate the $70 billion cross-border conventional arms trade, and create a standard to protect peace and …

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What is burning on that anniversary cake?

What is burning on that anniversary cake?

Anniversaries are dangerous days.  There is often a flash of attention, lots of words and supposedly deep thought and meaningful promises. Then the sun goes down, and life goes on as before. The world often notes an anniversary without real thought or determination on how to take the steps needed …

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New Pope, New Human Rights Agenda?

New Pope, New Human Rights Agenda?

 
Almost immediately after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis I, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, questions regarding his human rights record were being asked. The niceties of his election to the papacy, that Francis is the first Pope to be Jesuit and to hail from the Americas …

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Guns for the Guys

Guns for the Guys

The idea of arming the Syrian rebels is being chatted up once again.  The debate will wander and focus in many theoretical directions. Yet essentially the decision will focus on one key pivot: is the goal a short-term or long-term victory?
The safe bet: short-term considerations will win out.
The U.N. proclamation …

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Making Progress to Curb Violence Against Women and Girls

Making Progress to Curb Violence Against Women and Girls

Millions of women and young girls across the globe continue to be denied their rights to equal and fair access to education and healthcare and many are faced with gender-based violence such a female genital mutilation (FGM)/female circumcision, child …

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Regional Peace to Settle Violence in the DRC Shows Progress? Not so Fast

Regional Peace to Settle Violence in the DRC Shows Progress? Not so Fast

On Sunday, February 24, 2013, a regional peace accord was agreed upon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by 11 African nations from both the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa in an attempt to finally end two decades of conflict that have plagued most sections of the war-riddled country, the Democratic Republic of Congo …

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