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Obama Redux – EU-U.S. Relations for the next four years

Obama Redux – EU-U.S. Relations for the next four years

Almost a month after the reelection of Barack Obama at the presidency of the U.S., its implications on the EU-U.S. relations should be reviewed. In a conference organized by the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami counting the French Consul to Miami, Gaël de …

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Congratulations from Europe(s)

Congratulations from Europe(s)

If there is one element that Europeans can agree on is the satisfaction of President Obama’s reelection. The European Union is currently facing visceral crises such: Cameron’s attacks on the EU budget, the uncertain future of France’s economic recovery, the movements of independence, and so on. Despite what …

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Can Somalia’s Political Discontent Inspire Transformation?

Can Somalia’s Political Discontent Inspire Transformation?

 

 
Exhausted by prolonged anarchy, chronic dependency, cancerous corruption, and humiliating subjugation, the Somali people demanded change. Not just change of guards or principled actors, but a total overhaul of the political order of the day.
On September 10, 2012, the newly appointed parliament has heeded the call …

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Free Trade Agreements: Reducing Access to Medicine for the World’s Poor?

Free Trade Agreements: Reducing Access to Medicine for the World’s Poor?

Recently, the European Union and India have been in the news for a near-final free trade agreement, as have the United States and the 10 other countries who are hammering out the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While these agreements could bolster economies that were weakened by the recession or that are …

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NYT Opinion Roundup: Food Issues

NYT Opinion Roundup: Food Issues

Why does ground meat not get a more “respected place” at the table?  Do too many calories cause obesity, or does the type of calorie matter more?  These are questions asked in opinion pieces from this weekend’s New York Times.
Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg write in “The Kindest …

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Somalia, Sovereignty in Catch-22

Somalia, Sovereignty in Catch-22

For more than two decades, Somalia’s sovereignty has been in limbo- or in an utterly defunct status. Though there are many causes, a particular one stands out exponentially: volatile security. For no nation can claim, or (like in Somalia’s case) reclaim its sovereignty while dependent on …

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Al Qaeda in Iraq… in Syria?

Al Qaeda in Iraq… in Syria?

Interesting news from Iraq… the Christian Science Monitor is reporting that violence has dropped precipitously as al-Qaeda affiliates quit the field to battle President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The effects of egress have been most pronounced in Nineveh Province – the Iraqi governate borders Syria and once served as served …

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Iran & Israel – Diplomatic Road Rage

Iran & Israel – Diplomatic Road Rage


US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s assertion that Israel is preparing to attack Iran in either April, May, or June has added more speculation and fuel to the sensitive situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. David Ignatius’ article in The Washington Post provides us …

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Great Decision 2012 – Assessing Cyberthreats in the Digital Age

Great Decision 2012 – Assessing Cyberthreats in the Digital Age

“Is the US at risk?” is the extremely relevant question raised by this outstanding discussion, part of the 2012 Great Decision eight mini-episodes, on the threat of cybersecurity. Cyberthreats have been at the heart of a new body of literature in International …

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What Does a “Leaner” US Defense Mean for Europe?

What Does a “Leaner” US Defense Mean for Europe?

In an era of austerity, US defense is facing cutbacks, or to stick with the administration’s euphemism, the US military will become “leaner”. This much is clear following the release of the latest US defense review, Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st …

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2012: The End of the World as We Know It?

2012: The End of the World as We Know It?

Hollywood and other sects have made millions of dollars speculating on the eventual end of the world in 2012. However, should 2012 be instead seen as the year of the renouveau? Powerful states will go through a change of leadership next year; as is the case …

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Iran & The Science of Killing

Iran & The Science of Killing


Anyone in the business of studying violence should look askance at recent US claims that Iran’s Quds Force – a unit belonging to the Pasdaran, aka the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – is behind the amateurish plot to assassinate the Kingdom of Saudi …

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Pork Over Doing the Right Thing: The US Foreign Aid Budget

Pork Over Doing the Right Thing: The US Foreign Aid Budget

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the US Congress is still going after foreign aid in an attempt to seem tough on spending, as The New York Times reported this week.  Although there appear to be …

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China’s Efforts to Internationalize its Currency

China’s Efforts to Internationalize its Currency


It is a well know fact that China undervalues its currency, by pegging the renminbi (RMB) to the dollar at an artificially low level.  This, along with other subsidies and mercantilist trade policies, keeps Chinese exports cheap, and thus more attractive to consumers in the U.S. …

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Western Intervention and the Lessons from Libya.

Western Intervention and the Lessons from Libya.

As we observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and we contemplate what went wrong with the past decade, we should look at Libya for lessons on western intervention!  In the aftermath of 9/11, American neoconservatives tried to ‘liberate’ the Arab world, and bring ‘democracy’ in the Middle East.  It was …

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