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  • The Death of Osama Bin Laden—What Implications for International Security?

    BY PROF. STEFAN WOLFF Now that the dust has somewhat settled after the initial euphoria, triumphalism, gloating, and relief that followed Barack Obama’s announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden, more sober analysis is beginning of the broader implications of the end of a fifteen-year manhunt. Perhaps foremost on people’s minds is the question

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  • Official Development Assistance and Terrorism*

    By Assoc. Prof. Bayram GÜNGÖR | 24 September 2010   More than 1,2 billion people try to survive their life below $1, while nearly 2.8 billion population live on less than $ 2 at purchasing power parity. These people are poor and plagued by inadequate health, nutrition and education. They are also living on environmentally degraded

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  • Platonic Lovers Chasing Nukes around the World

    The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) held in May 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York. BY OZGUR TUFEKCI | JUNE 01, 2010 The first day of the month-long conference was dominated by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And, as an expected consequence, he was

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  • For a Pro-Immigration Argument

    Dr. Ibrahim Sirkeci | 01 June 2010 In the last five years, parties standing in the UK elections have been forced to debate immigration. The 2005 elections were full of pretty “bigotted” discourses. The then Conservatives’ leader was appealing to the xenophobic vote by saying “are you thinking what I am thinking”. Luckily his party did not

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  • Climate change: A serious global challenge

    By Kofi Annan | 29 March 2010     The last five years have seen severe global food shortages, soaring energy costs and, of course, the gravest economic crisis for over 60 years. No continent, no country or community has escaped the fall-out.   We’re also confronted by environmental degradation and climate change which threatens to reverse significant

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  • NATO: Diplomatic Decorum Going To The Birds In Brussels

    Shaun Walker 29 January 2010   Russia’s controversial ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been provoking interest, amusement and outrage in Brussels over the past few months with a series of distinctly undiplomatic “tweets” on the social-networking website Twitter. Dmitri Rogozin, who was a nationalist politician in Russia before assuming the ambassadorial post in

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  • Please, Call Us Islamic

    Hayri Abaza, Soner Cagaptay, and Kayvan Chinichian Islamophobia is rising in the West because so many of us confuse Islam with Islamism. This confusion also inadvertently helps organizations like al-Qaeda.     Not a day goes by that yet another publication or pundit uses the terms Islamic and Islamist interchangeably, not realizing that Islam is a

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  • The Long War on Terror: Obama Administration Plays Politics with Guantanamo

    Prof. Scott Lucas  This article from Nick Baumann at Mother Jones is filled with political-insider information, but I think it is a significant marker of how the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility has moved from an Obama pledge in January 2009 to a site for internal Administration struggle in November.   I learned several

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  • Debate Still Rages Over Who Won the Cold War

    Mark Snowiss   The 20th anniversary of the 1989 East European revolutions has re-opened contentious debate over who won the Cold War and what caused Soviet communism to disintegrate so rapidly in its final years. The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 was a symbolic milestone, heralding the break-up of the Soviet Union

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  • N. Korea Announces More Production of Nuclear Weapons Material

    Kurt Achin North Korea says it has manufactured more material useable in nuclear weapons.  The announcement is widely seen as a tactic to pressure the United States into bilateral talks, and comes a little more than a week before President Obama arrives in Asia.   Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency announced Tuesday the country

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  • WHO: Millions of Children Need Not Die From Pneumonia

    Lisa Schlein  The World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund say better nutrition and access to immunization can save millions of children from dying of pneumonia. The two agencies are launching a new action plan to tackle this killer disease.    The release of this new strategy coincides with the first international World Pneumonia

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  • The Link between Iran and Venezuela: A Crisis in the Making?

    Robert Morgenthau The issues I will discuss with all of you are the blossoming relationship between what might seem unlikely bedfellows…. the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, whether we have a national security crisis looming on the horizon, and whether our national security and law enforcement communities are sufficiently focused

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  • NATO Ministers Endorse McChrystal Afghanistan Strategy

    Robert Raffaele  As NATO troops engage Taliban insurgents throughout Afghanistan, the top commander’s recommendation for additional troops has earned a key endorsement. NATO defense ministers meeting in Slovakia, expressed “broad support” for their general’s plan.   “What we need is a much broader strategy which stabilizes the whole Afghan society,” said NATO Secretary General Anders

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  • Czech PM Backs New US Missile Defense Plan

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has secured the Czech Republic’s support for U.S. missile defense plans after winning the backing of fellow NATO allies Poland and Romania.   Biden met Friday with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, who said his country is ready to participate in the new plan.  Biden said Washington will send a high-level defense team

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