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The Fed, Trade, and Dollar Purchasing Power

The Fed, Trade, and Dollar Purchasing Power

From 2003 to 2017, the Effective Federal Funds Rate (EFFR) dropped by 36% while gold rose 169%, and dollar purchasing power reflects this low-rate environment.

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Death by a Thousand Cuts (and Tweets): The Impending Train Wreck of U.S. Foreign Policy

Death by a Thousand Cuts (and Tweets): The Impending Train Wreck of U.S. Foreign Policy

If the “America First” myopic vision becomes reality, the U.S.’ place in the world will become a lonely, isolated one, its security and well-being fundamentally jeopardized.

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Diplomacy As A Budget Friendly Program?

Diplomacy As A Budget Friendly Program?

Trump’s proposed budget cuts 28% from the State Department’s funding, reducing foreign aid and de-funding a range of programs.

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South Korea’s Strategic Importance Forgotten Amidst the Trump-Abe Honeymoon

South Korea’s Strategic Importance Forgotten Amidst the Trump-Abe Honeymoon

While the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye paralyzed South Korea’s diplomatic service, Japan has worked to strengthen Trump’s commitment to its defense.

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Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

What is the nature of Tehran’s aggressions and what are possible non-military policy options for containing the threat posed by the Iranian regime?

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On the South China Sea, Tillerson Suggests Going All In on a Losing Hand

On the South China Sea, Tillerson Suggests Going All In on a Losing Hand

What makes Tillerson’s bellicosity even more absurd is that the U.S. position in the South China Sea has never been weaker.

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5 Territorial Disputes to Watch Out for in 2017

5 Territorial Disputes to Watch Out for in 2017

2017 could be a watershed year for many countries, as various territorial disputes threaten to boil over amidst a climate of global uncertainty.

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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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Why is Saudi Arabia Targeting Yemen’s Future?

Why is Saudi Arabia Targeting Yemen’s Future?

The conflict has already resulted in 10,000 dead, including 4,000 civilians, while the UN estimates that 80% of the population is now in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Iran Freedom Rally Shows The Face Of An Alternate Iran

Iran Freedom Rally Shows The Face Of An Alternate Iran

Iranian dissidents gathered in Paris to show their support for democratic change and their opposition to Western deal-making with the country’s leadership.

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To Drone, Or Not To Drone—That Is The Question

To Drone, Or Not To Drone—That Is The Question

Over the last 15 years, the fervent embrace of drone strikes have helped the U.S. create the most far-reaching counterterrorism apparatus in history.

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Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Those events are symptoms of larger problems that need to be addressed by U.S. society.

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Brexit Makes Trump’s Wall More Likely

Brexit Makes Trump’s Wall More Likely

The outcome of the Brexit vote is a harbinger of a pivoting away from the globalization process and the strengthening of supranational institutions.

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Korean Choices – Great Decisions Spring Updates

Korean Choices – Great Decisions Spring Updates

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been negotiating with China and Iran in order to gain an advantage in future talks with Kim Jong-un’s regime.

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ISIS Increased Attacks Abroad are a Sign of Weakness

ISIS Increased Attacks Abroad are a Sign of Weakness

ISIS’s increased activity abroad is a sign of weakness rather than strength: the group has lost around 20% of its territory in Syria and over 40% in Iraq since its peak expansion in August 2014.

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