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Conflict Minerals: A Manifestation of Modern-Day Colonialism

Conflict Minerals: A Manifestation of Modern-Day Colonialism                                                                  (Photo from the Enough Project)   The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has historically been the focal point of devastating internal conflict since colonial […]

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Russia, Ukraine, and the Sea of Azov

Russia, Ukraine, and the Sea of Azov

On November 25, three Ukrainian naval vessels, two 54-ton gunboats (technically, Gyurza-M-class armored artillery cutters) and a tug, were traveling from Odessa around the Crimean Peninsula and toward the Sea of Azov, en route to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. As they approached the Kerch Strait, the access route from the Black Sea to […]

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Op-ed: It’s not a bug, it’s a feature: Why Trump is gutting American Diplomacy

Op-ed: It’s not a bug, it’s a feature: Why Trump is gutting American Diplomacy

In the 2019 edition of Great decisions, Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns outlines the impoverished state of American diplomacy in the Trump era, as well as the severe cuts and reductions endured by the State Department. The diplomatic corp of the United States, Burns argues, is not able to fully carry out its vital functions in […]

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Op-ed: America’s Addiction to Cheap Manufacturing Is Coming Back to Haunt It

Op-ed: America’s Addiction to Cheap Manufacturing Is Coming Back to Haunt It

America’s ongoing trade war with China has underscored the contentious business practices the Asian power has instituted over the years. Many of these have resulted from the United States’ over-reliance on external manufacturing, particularly for the technology sector. This over reliance has exposed the nation’s supply chain to vulnerabilities that have jeopardized the corporate and […]

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Why Warsaw Should Go Soft on Kyiv

Why Warsaw Should Go Soft on Kyiv

The recently intensifying memory conflict around the interpretation of some World War II events, between Ukraine and Poland, is distracting the two intertwined nations from their main international challenges and some critical tasks today. An increase of Ukrainian national security is in the core interests not only of Kyiv, but also of Warsaw. An odd […]

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Weekly Foreign Affairs Quiz

Weekly Foreign Affairs Quiz

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Continued Uncertainty in DRC Hindering Energy Growth

Continued Uncertainty in DRC Hindering Energy Growth

The Democratic Republic of Congo has had its national election delayed again by President Joseph Kabila; on this occasion the election was delayed one week to December 30 and the announcement came three days before citizens were scheduled to head to the polls. On December 26, the electoral commission (CENI) announced elections in three regions […]

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How to Talk about Ukrainian Politics in the West?

How to Talk about Ukrainian Politics in the West?

Hyperbolic warnings about allegedly disastrous consequences of a Tymoshenko presidency are demobilizing Western support for Ukrainian reforms and defense My recent article “What Would a Tymoshenko Presidency Mean?” for the Ukraine Alert of Washington’s Atlantic Council has caused indignation among numerous Ukrainian experts and journalists – some of them hitherto close colleagues and professional friends. […]

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How We Have Failed Survivors

How We Have Failed Survivors

Various incidents that occurred a few doors down from the largest news team in Canada could be claimed to be the first spark of the MeToo era. A publicly funded radio star in Toronto was using his position to seduce women, and had a tendency to beat them up when alone with them. Despite many of […]

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Why and How Ukraine Should Open Up to the EU Now

Why and How Ukraine Should Open Up to the EU Now

Kyiv should foster Ukraine’s European integration, economic growth and national security by offering EU citizens instantaneous residence and work permission Recent Eurostat data reveals that Ukrainians have been granted the most residency permits of any nationals in the EU last year. During 2017 alone, approximately 662,000 Ukrainians received such permission to live and work in […]

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Op-Ed: Nichervan Barzani saved Kurdistan!

Op-Ed: Nichervan Barzani saved Kurdistan!

After a very tense and difficult year for Iraqi Kurdistan, the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the government in Baghdad is finally improving.  Iraqi Parliamentary Speaker Mohammed Al Halbousi recently visited the Kurdistan region, where he stressed the importance of working with the Kurdistan region in order to fill the remaining ministerial posts […]

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As Good as It Gets: Why the West Should Start Preparing Itself to a Ukraine under President Tymoshenko

As Good as It Gets: Why the West Should Start Preparing Itself to a Ukraine under President Tymoshenko

The prominent Western commentator of post-Soviet affairs Taras Kuzio has recently come forward with a barrel of English-language attacks on Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko – so far, the clear front-runner in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections in March 2019. Kuzio has placed several critical and partly denigrating texts about Tymoshenko in reputed analytical outlets, such […]

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The return of Russia as a superpower

The return of Russia as a superpower

Russia dwindled from its superpower status on the world stage following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Ever since, Russia has been embroiled in a battle with the Western world to restore its global image as a superpower. On several fronts, Russia has been pursuing both domestic and foreign policies to restore its […]

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The Increased Cost of Living is the Fuel for Protests

The Increased Cost of Living is the Fuel for Protests

It is an anachronism in today’s society that anyone in a developed country would rightly claim that there is no path to warm shelter, food and employment for most in a community. But the effect of added taxes in a policy to reduce carbon emissions is exactly what lead a father in Ontario, Canada to […]

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Op-Ed: Why India should not support the Sheikh Hasina government

Op-Ed: Why India should not support the Sheikh Hasina government

In recent days, a series of articles have been published, emphasizing that India should be supporting Sheikh Hasina in the upcoming Bangladeshi elections. According to the Weekly Blitz, Sheikh Hasina is opposed to Jamat e-Islami. Furthermore, a Chinese news website argued that she should be supported because under her leadership, the UN reported that the […]

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New York trial casts new scrutiny on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

New York trial casts new scrutiny on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

According to prosecutors, the trial of Patrick Ho was simply business. The Chinese financier, found guilty of orchestrating a multi-million dollar bribery scheme in Africa, wasn’t the victim of a US smear campaign as his defense claimed. No, he was simply brought to justice for violating US laws while working for an US-based organization. Yet […]

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