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Finance and BNP: How Do They Fit Our Geopolitics?

Finance and BNP: How Do They Fit Our Geopolitics?

French bank BNP Paribas will likely pay up to $10 billion in penalties in a settlement with U.S. prosecutors for alleged transactions, dating back to 2002, with Iran and Sudan, countries sanctioned as terrorism sponsors.  Also, prosecutors want BNP to plead guilty to criminal charges.
U.S. sanctions on terrorists and their …

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The making of American foreign policy in the post-9/11 world

The making of American foreign policy in the post-9/11 world

Let’s be honest, foreign policy making has never been democratic. The label of national security has offered governments around the world the power to hide information from their citizens. Aside from this statement, the making of American foreign policy has completely shifted since 9/11. Not only this shift was abrupt and made …

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Candid Discussions: Eric Margolis on the End of NATO Mission in Afghanistan

Candid Discussions: Eric Margolis on the End of NATO Mission in Afghanistan

Eric Margolis is an American-born award-winning and internationally syndicated columnist. With three decades of reporting from the world’s hotspots in the Middle East, Southwest and Central Asia, Mr. Margolis is considered a veteran of many conflicts. His articles have appeared in major Western and Asian newspapers. Mr. Margolis is …

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Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

On Wednesday, Mar. 26, United States Secretary of State John Kerry cut his trip to Italy short to fly to Amman in hopes of keeping the Palestinian-Israeli peace process on track.
Kerry met with Jordan’s King Abdullah before a long dinner with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. On the three-hour flight …

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Al-Shabaab and Party Balloon Effect

Al-Shabaab and Party Balloon Effect


From the outset, let me make one thing clear: Al-Shabaab, and its extremist world view is neither constructive nor sustainable. This extremist neo-Islamist group represents one of a two nihilistic worldviews that dominated the twenty first century political discourse—global (dysfunctional) …

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Crimea or the Future of the Liberal World Order

Crimea or the Future of the Liberal World Order

If the 20th century was about an ideological fight between market-economy versus Communism, the 21st could very much be about liberal democracy versus imperialism. This could be the very lesson of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Power politics is – even though it has never disappeared – now a reality that …

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Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt

Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt


There are many—both in the East and the West—who have been confidently betting on the overt plan to marginalize, and, in due course, eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) as a sociopolitical movement. In light of the on-going vicious Ikhwanophobia and emboldened …

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African youth perceptions of the U.S.

African youth perceptions of the U.S.

 
Being an American professor living in Africa and teaching international relations, I have been involved in numerous debates about my country and its foreign policy. Obviously you get your mix, some pro-U.S. and some not.
To try and make better sense of the situation, I decided to embark on a little …

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U.S. Foreign Aid Spending – Too Much or Not Enough?

U.S. Foreign Aid Spending – Too Much or Not Enough?

When the average American is asked how much of the federal budget they believe is allocated to foreign aid, the response is 25 percent — twenty-five times the current amount. When Americans are surveyed on how much funding they believe should be allocated …

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Egypt’s Repressive Model and Muzzling Soltan

Egypt’s Repressive Model and Muzzling Soltan

 

While the coup and the ensuing repressive bloody outcome was, by and large, propelled by indigenously Egyptian political dynamics, it is naïve to assume that there were no geopolitical dynamics at play.
The monarchies that poured petro-dollars into Egypt to support the …

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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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Strike on Syria: Dissenting Voices

Strike on Syria: Dissenting Voices

In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq the American mainstream news media underwent a period of intense introspection (and by that I mean brief …

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Uncle Sam, Uncle Bob and elections in Zimbabwe

Uncle Sam, Uncle Bob and elections in Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans will go to the polls on Wednesday to participate in an election that will be closely monitored by hundreds of foreign observers, mostly from around Africa. One country that will be watching despite Western observer missions not being invited is the United States of America.
Relations between Washington and Harare are …

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Why Obama’s visit is important for South Africa

Why Obama’s visit is important for South Africa

 
As Barack Obama is about to embark on his historic tour of Africa, many South Africans are asking why it should matter to them. There are numerous reasons why a visit from the President of the United States is an historic occasion.
First, the U.S. helps save South African lives. Since …

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Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

The unclassified version of the 2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China provides a glimpse of the military build-up and capabilities of China in the second decade of the 21st century:
“The 

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