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The Balkanization of American Society

The Balkanization of American Society

Societies that pull themselves to the extremes often have to ignore large swaths of reality to make the mental leap to self-abuse.

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Venezuela is on the Road to a One Party State

Venezuela is on the Road to a One Party State

On the road of corruption, there must often be a legal shield in order to protect past crimes committed by a government with its hands in the public purse.

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Judicial Activism and the Fight Against Institutionalized Corruption

Judicial Activism and the Fight Against Institutionalized Corruption

The divide between Dilma Rousseff's supporters and her opponents lead to some of the largest political demonstrations in the Brazil's history.

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The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The first week in July in 2017 saw the launch of a medium range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM out of North Korea. The Hwasong-14 missile was launched from a mobile launcher, similar in function to that of the Russian Topol-M launch vehicle. While tested from a mobile platform, ...

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Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

This week conflict between the United States and its allies in Syria against the Syrian regime, Russia, and Iran heated up.

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Actual and Perceived Defense of the Homeland

Actual and Perceived Defense of the Homeland

What prevented nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union for decades were the efforts to communicate and ultimately reduce the stockpiling of ICBMs.

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The Lessons of Dead Empires

The Lessons of Dead Empires

The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires are lessons on how underestimating national identities can lead to unintended political change.

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Decompressing A Crisis Through Safe Zones

Decompressing A Crisis Through Safe Zones

Approaches to create safe zones are being sought by Russia, Turkey and Iran in an effort to reverse the mass migration out of Syria.

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North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

North Korea after 60 Years of Status Quo

Lack of political will is largely motivating the inaction in the Korean peninsula. But with nuclear weapons threatening US mainland, it may be that Washington will decide on a policy of “now or never”.

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Catalysts for Never Ending Attacks

Catalysts for Never Ending Attacks

Future policies that deeply antagonize communities need to be prevented at all costs. Otherwise, it is unlikely that attacks, such as the one in St. Petersburg, will end.

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Missiles as Part of the Peace Making Equation

Missiles as Part of the Peace Making Equation

The idea of using weapons to achieve equilibrium between powers to maintain peace is not novel, but its effectiveness depends on the technological balance between competing powers.

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The Politicization of the F-35 Program

The Politicization of the F-35 Program

The plane destined to replace the various types of aircraft flown by NATO forces and its allies has been targeted by U.S. politicians for various reasons.

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Beyond NAFTA: Issues in North American Free Trade

Beyond NAFTA: Issues in North American Free Trade

Beyond NAFTA, Mexico and Canada could benefit greatly from a boom in the U.S. economy if it is accompanied by wise domestic policy decisions.

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Refugee Policy Should Always Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

Refugee Policy Should Always Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

As refugee funds are limited, assistance should be concentrated on those who are worst off—individuals and communities that are victims of genocide.

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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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About the Author

Richard Basas
Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration

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