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  • U.S. Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring

    As the uncertainty of the Arab Spring continues, the debate on the future of the movement and the U.S. role in it grows into a colorful debate. As a part of this policy debate I was recently asked to review Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions episode on the Arab Spring, featuring columnist Mona Eltahawy and

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  • American Elections at a Time of Crisis: The Risks of Introspection

    With the primaries in the Republican Party well underway, the campaign season has finally gained momentum. The President’s recent State of the Union address left no doubt that Obama has shed his presidential “coolness” to re-gain the passion of the campaigner. BY EMILIANO ALESSANDRI and GREGORIO BETTIZA | JANUARY 31, 2012 From now on, America

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  • The Resource Curse: Governing Extractive Industries in the Global South

    Any academic or policy literature examining how to transform resource wealth into genuine social and economic development is bound to encounter the buzz word: resource curse. BY JEWELLORD NEM SINGH | JANUARY 25, 2012 This holds true for states with long histories of resource extraction, such as Chile, Bolivia, Peru, South Africa, and Zambia, as well

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  • The U.S. Interest in Addressing Germany’s PKK Problem

    The presence of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Europe is fast becoming a prism through which the Turks view their ties with Europe, especially in Germany. BY CUNEYT YILMAZ | DECEMBER 30, 2011 U.S.-Turkish relations are experiencing a period of close cooperation. At the same time, Turkey’s ties with its European allies are under

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  • A Pivotal Moment? U.S. Policy Towards Asia

    Written by ROLAND PARIS Is the United States “pivoting” its foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region, as prominent Obama administration officials, news reports, and commentators have claimed? Daniel Drezner, a Fletcher School professor and Foreign Policy blogger, isn’t convinced. For one thing, he points out, the U.S. never really lost interest in maintaining a presence in East Asia. The big difference now

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  • Argentina: Explaining Cristina’s victory

    Written by PROF. IGNACIO LABAQUI Wednesday, 09 November 2011 08:12 Just as expected, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (CFK) obtained a landslide victory in the 23 October presidential elections and secured a second term in office. CFK not only won nearly 54 percent of the vote, she also defeated her nearest contender, socialist governor of Santa

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  • Obama Restores Gunboat Diplomacy, Imperial Power

    Written by PROF. INDERJEET PARMAR Wednesday, 09 November 2011 07:47 At a round table discussion a few years back at Durham University, some of us discussed whether the-then President George W. Bush would order the bombing of Iran, such was the hubris of his administration despite setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, it is

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  • Libya Expose Obama’s Contradictions

    Written by PROF. INDERJEET PARMAR Monday, 31 October 2011 06:27 Libya’s contradictions are real enough and devastating in their consequences. But a couple of points missed by most commentators are worthy of note, adding to the strange mix of motives and actions that are the principal feature of the situation in and surrounding Libya. Possessing

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  • What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?: Surveying Euro-American Pipeline Interests

    Written by T. J. COLES Friday, 28 October 2011 18:06 Afghanistan has always been considered “the centre of great empires” by imperial powers,1serving as a “buffer” between Persia, Russia, and India (Britain’s greatest colonial prize).2 Lord Curzon, viceroy of India, referred to the countries as “pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a

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  • A Snapshot of Constitutionalism in Latin America

    Highlighting and Commenting upon the Findings of Two Scholarly Articles and One Expert Commentary By Dr. JEAN-PAUL GAGNON | 26.09.2011 Blurb: “This review explores the major contributions of three recent scholarly arguments on constitutionalism in countries of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. The papers stress the ongoing transformative constitutional challenges in the region

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  • Decolonization as Reconciliation: The Colonial Dilemma of Canada’s Residential School Apology and Restitution

    BY PATRICIA ELGERSMA** | 06.09.2011 Introduction In recent decades the Canadian public have heard a number of apologies from various governments and institutions. The apology to Japanese Canadians (1988) and Italian Canadians (1990) for treatment during World War Two, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) Statement of Reconciliation (1998) to former residential school occupants,

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  • American (Real) Exceptionalism

    BY GHALI HASSAN | 24.07.2011 A majority of Americans believe America is an “exceptional” nation and “a shining beacon of democracy and hope to a dark world”. But, reliable and unbiased evidence shows that real America is an unequal society, oppressive, undemocratic and a violent imperialist power.   Inequality and Poverty A report released on

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