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North Korea’s Grand Strategy

North Korea’s Grand Strategy

It is easy to brush off North Korea’s behavior as irrational, but the fact that the Kim regime consolidated and has maintained power since 1948 says otherwise. If North Korea was truly an irrational actor, it would not have been able to survive this long. And to have maintained a ...

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Trump’s Islamic Military Alliance Threat to Regional Stability

Trump’s Islamic Military Alliance Threat to Regional Stability

The Islamic Military Alliance (IMAFT) that was given support by Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia on May 21st, is not only a direct security threat to the European Union, as explained in my previous text, but also a disruption of regional balance. This is very evident in the current ...

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Farmajo Follows Footsteps of Failure

Farmajo Follows Footsteps of Failure

  All betrayals are not made equal. In recent weeks, a political disaster of epic proportions has befallen upon Somalia. The Somali government has committed what many – including some of its staunchest supporters – consider a treasonous act. Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has extradited a Somali citizen, ...

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The Unforgettable Moments of Martyrs

The Unforgettable Moments of Martyrs

The focus on an event, movement or death of a leader has always been the rallying cry for many movements that sought to change the status quo. Even in a relatively peaceful country like Canada, the words of a one Lord Durham in a report in the 1800s ...

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Latest on Venezuela woes

Latest on Venezuela woes

When I last wrote about Venezuela in May, protests raged across the country. They derived from the ruling regime-controlled Supreme Court attempting to wrest power away from the National Assembly, Venezuela’s federal legislature and last vestige of opposition voices in the government. The move was met with harsh criticism ...

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Why is the International Community so Hostile to Kurdish Independence?

Why is the International Community so Hostile to Kurdish Independence?

Iraqi Kurds numbering 5.2 million are voting today in a Kurdish independence referendum. The referendum includes the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) territories and contested provinces of Kirkuk, Shingal, Makhmur, and Khanaqin. The ballot reads: “Do you want the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani areas outside the administration of ...

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In the Quest for Successful Refugee Integration, Merkel Must Address Employment Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities in Germany Head-On

In the Quest for Successful Refugee Integration, Merkel Must Address Employment Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities in Germany Head-On

On Sunday, Germany elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for the fourth time, matching the postwar record set by the late Helmut Kohl, who was chancellor of West Germany at the time I was born there. Helmut Kohl has cemented his place in German and European history as the unifier of East ...

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An Alternative to U.S. Discarding Iran Nuclear Deal

An Alternative to U.S. Discarding Iran Nuclear Deal

If the U.S. were to unilaterally withdraw, the JCPOA would simply become a P4+1 agreement and Iran would still be in a legitimate position.

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The Power of the Franco-American Alliance

The Power of the Franco-American Alliance

This is a critical time for the United States and Europe. On both sides of the Atlantic, societies are revolting against elites.

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In Contrast to the OBOR Fanfare, Japan Quietly Builds Friendships in Vietnam

In Contrast to the OBOR Fanfare, Japan Quietly Builds Friendships in Vietnam

Japan’s reputation for quality infrastructure is well-known in Asia, where Tokyo is hitting back at Beijing’s efforts at economic hegemony.

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Ten Things You Need to Know about Russian Military Exercises

Ten Things You Need to Know about Russian Military Exercises

The biggest Russian-Belarusian military exercise this year, started on September 14, 2017. Yet, this event has been analyzed by security pundits for months.

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An Independent Catalonia May Promote Worldwide Independence Movements

An Independent Catalonia May Promote Worldwide Independence Movements

National governments in federally unified states rarely allow for a national legal process to break up its own federation.

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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

An overview of what to expect in the coming week. Headlined by Brexit talks, the German election, and Trump's first official conference at the U.N.

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Are the “Asian Tigers” Hamstrung by Hidden Flaws?

Are the “Asian Tigers” Hamstrung by Hidden Flaws?

With bullish predictions and rhetoric of Asia’s rise we should be careful of buying into years of high economic growth. Asia faces serious challenges.

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Doklam Standoff Highlights India and China’s ‘Great Game’ over Bhutan

Doklam Standoff Highlights India and China’s ‘Great Game’ over Bhutan

As China and India continue to face off over a tiny patch of Himalayan highland, Bhutan is caught in the middle with the dispute as much about Bhutan’s foreign policy as it is about territory.

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