Rebuilding Iraq

With ISIS struggling to maintain control of the Old City portion of Mosul, the capital of the so-called “Caliphate”, the time has almost arrived where Iraqis can look towards the future of their country. And what they see may not be pleasant. A large part of the country’s infrastructure lies in rubble. Over four million […]

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The Importance of Increasing Civil Society Space in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a politically authoritarian regime led by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Like many post-Soviet regimes, Kazakhstan is a largely oil-based economy. Though Kazakhstan’s economy benefited significantly from high oil prices, it is now suffering from falling oil prices. Furthermore, because Kazakhstan has failed to diversity its economy from natural resources, it is particular vulnerable to […]

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What Can Be Done About North Korea?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend in China, Tillerson’s first visit to the country. President Xi is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump next month, and the generally friendly rapport of Tillerson’s meeting is likely an attempt to lay positive groundwork for the meeting of the […]

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Courage, Stamina, and Women

A global movement binding countries, activist organizations, and global companies alike, International Women’s Day marks a day for both motivated reflection and deliberate action. This past March 8th, the designated date for International Women’s Day (IWD), people across the world rallied together to commemorate the often untapped potential of women, spearheading a movement for women’s rights: greater […]

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Has Europe’s far-Right wave Crested?

On Wednesday, a record 10 million Dutch voters (constituting over 80% of the electorate) headed to the polls to cast ballots in the country’s general election. While the nation’s trend of requiring coalition governments was certainly not broken (incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s VVD Party won the election with only 33/150 seats), more noteworthy was […]

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A team of Generals: Donald Trump’s National Security Council

The past week’s media cycle has been dominated by the news of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Now the announcement of his replacement, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, keeps the attention on the National Security Council (NSC). Beyond the high-profile replacement of a National Security Advisor, however, the NSC has undergone some significant changes during the […]

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