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Aid or Trade? Problems with the UN The Panama Papers: Reimainging the Moral Force of Law Video: Obama Video: Why Turkey Summoned Germany Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine? Htin Kyaw, Herald of a Bright Future? Shaping Safety: How Architects Can Build a Stronger Peace Video: Trump Goldwater Déjà Vu ‘Killer Robots’ and the Third Revolution in Warfare Should We Empathize With Extremists? Sino-U.S. Competition and India Policy Poll: Most Bangladeshis See Country Pointed in Right Direction
 
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Aid or Trade? Problems with the UN’s Human Development Figures

  By Amanda Beal and Maria Sofia This past September, many of the world’s leaders gathered in New York to sign the United Nations (UN) new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Numerous man-hours and unspeakable amounts of money have been used to promote this transition and enhance the global partnership for development. However, no one yet […]

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The Panama Papers: Reimainging the Moral Force of Law

This piece was originally published by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism The release of over 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian based law firm, has revealed the lengths to which individuals and companies will go to avoid their national tax obligations. When asked about the problem of tax avoidance, President Barack Obama acknowledged that those […]

Video: Obama’s “Red Line” That Wasn’t

Video: Obama’s “Red Line” That Wasn’t

The Atlantic explores President Obama’s decision not to bomb Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s army killed more than 1,400 people with sarin gas. It offers a new and insightful evaluation of Obama and his legacy. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Video: Why Turkey Summoned Germany’s Ambassador Over Erdogan Satire

Video: Why Turkey Summoned Germany’s Ambassador Over Erdogan Satire

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is clearly starting to believe his own (Turkish) press, which is increasingly unlikely to tell him anything he doesn’t want to hear. Foreign Policy magazine reports here on the German satire show that has got Erdogan so worked up. The video shows footage of Erdogan’s most absurd public moments, intercut with crackdowns […]

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Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine?

Xi Jinping’s recent pledge to “resolutely contain the ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionist activities in any form” has commentators and politicians worried that tensions may be rising. Indeed, given that this comes only two months after Taiwan’s presidential election – where Beijing’s preferred KMT candidate, Eric Chu, was convincingly beaten by pro-independent candidate Tsai Ing-Wen – cross-strait […]

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Htin Kyaw, Herald of a Bright Future?

Image by United Nations Photo Urging caution in light of Myanmar’s new president. His selection leaves many questions unanswered. Following on from Monday’s vote in parliament, Htin Kyaw has become president of Myanmar. Does he represent a new dawn for a nation which has languished in the shadows of poverty and authoritarianism? He is a […]

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Shaping Safety: How Architects Can Build a Stronger Peace

  I take my home for granted. There, I said it. Chances are you do, too, if your conception of home – like mine – does not include worrying about the daily dangers of a civil war playing out on your doorstep; the mortar shelling that has left your family homeless; or the stability of […]

Trump Goldwater Déjà Vu

Video: Trump Goldwater Déjà Vu

QZ reports that “Confessions of a Republican” has been making a comeback online. Watching this, one can possibly feel sympathy for the memory of Senator Barry Goldwater, who was an intellectual titan compared to Trump. Nevertheless, this Johnson campaign video will doubtless hit home with many Republicans  today in the same way. A great piece of American political […]

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‘Killer Robots’ and the Third Revolution in Warfare

  War will never again be the same. Autonomous weapons have nearly arrived, and so far nothing has been able to stop them. At the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, an open letter—signed by over three thousand of the world’s most relevant robotics experts, and endorsed by luminaries including Stephen Hawking, Nobel Laureate […]

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Should We Empathize With Extremists?

When U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggested in a recent Security Council speech that an Israeli drive to build settlements beyond its territory partly fueled Palestinian extremism, it drew ire from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There is no justification for terror,” responded Netanyahu. “The comments of the U.N. Secretary-General encourage terror.” In the epochal ‘war […]

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Sino-U.S. Competition and India Policy

Introduction At the time of India’s independence in 1947 the world had just witnessed the end of the Second World War and was slowly being engulfed in a new power struggle with the Cold War. The brewing trend of the time was that of alliance forming with either of the blocs led by the United States (US) […]

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Poll: Most Bangladeshis See Country Pointed in Right Direction

Recent attacks by extremists have not dampened enthusiasm for future. By Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States Bangladesh is headed in the right direction. That’s the conclusion of a new survey conducted by the respected International Republican Institute. IRI, an independent, non-partisan U.S. based organization that assists political parties to achieve good […]

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Aid or Trade? Problems with the UN’s Human Development Figures

May 3, 2016

  By Amanda Beal and Maria Sofia This past September, many of the world’s leaders gathered in New York to sign the United Nations (UN) new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Numerous man-hours and unspeakable amounts of money have been used to promote this transition and enhance the global partnership for development. However, no one yet […]

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Posted in Africa, Asia, Economics, Global Economy, Humanitarian Intervention, Latin America, UN, World0 Comments

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The Panama Papers: Reimainging the Moral Force of Law

April 22, 2016

This piece was originally published by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism The release of over 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian based law firm, has revealed the lengths to which individuals and companies will go to avoid their national tax obligations. When asked about the problem of tax avoidance, President Barack Obama acknowledged that those […]

Read the full story

Posted in Economics, Global Economy, World0 Comments

Video: Obama’s “Red Line” That Wasn’t

Video: Obama’s “Red Line” That Wasn’t

April 1, 2016

The Atlantic explores President Obama’s decision not to bomb Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s army killed more than 1,400 people with sarin gas. It offers a new and insightful evaluation of Obama and his legacy. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Posted in Global Politics Videos, Russia, Syria, US, World0 Comments

Video: Why Turkey Summoned Germany’s Ambassador Over Erdogan Satire

Video: Why Turkey Summoned Germany’s Ambassador Over Erdogan Satire

March 30, 2016

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is clearly starting to believe his own (Turkish) press, which is increasingly unlikely to tell him anything he doesn’t want to hear. Foreign Policy magazine reports here on the German satire show that has got Erdogan so worked up. The video shows footage of Erdogan’s most absurd public moments, intercut with crackdowns […]

Read the full story

Posted in Global Politics Videos, World0 Comments

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Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine?

March 30, 2016

Xi Jinping’s recent pledge to “resolutely contain the ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionist activities in any form” has commentators and politicians worried that tensions may be rising. Indeed, given that this comes only two months after Taiwan’s presidential election – where Beijing’s preferred KMT candidate, Eric Chu, was convincingly beaten by pro-independent candidate Tsai Ing-Wen – cross-strait […]

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Posted in Asia, Ukraine Conflict, World0 Comments

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Htin Kyaw, Herald of a Bright Future?

March 20, 2016

Image by United Nations Photo Urging caution in light of Myanmar’s new president. His selection leaves many questions unanswered. Following on from Monday’s vote in parliament, Htin Kyaw has become president of Myanmar. Does he represent a new dawn for a nation which has languished in the shadows of poverty and authoritarianism? He is a […]

Read the full story

Posted in Asia, World0 Comments

By U.S. Department of State

Shaping Safety: How Architects Can Build a Stronger Peace

March 10, 2016

  I take my home for granted. There, I said it. Chances are you do, too, if your conception of home – like mine – does not include worrying about the daily dangers of a civil war playing out on your doorstep; the mortar shelling that has left your family homeless; or the stability of […]

Read the full story

Posted in Conflict, Humanitarian Intervention, Iraq, Middle East, Refugees, Security Issues, Syria, World0 Comments

Trump Goldwater Déjà Vu

Video: Trump Goldwater Déjà Vu

March 10, 2016

QZ reports that “Confessions of a Republican” has been making a comeback online. Watching this, one can possibly feel sympathy for the memory of Senator Barry Goldwater, who was an intellectual titan compared to Trump. Nevertheless, this Johnson campaign video will doubtless hit home with many Republicans  today in the same way. A great piece of American political […]

Read the full story

Posted in Global Politics Videos, US, World0 Comments

Iron Dome. Image by Israel Defense Forces.

‘Killer Robots’ and the Third Revolution in Warfare

March 4, 2016

  War will never again be the same. Autonomous weapons have nearly arrived, and so far nothing has been able to stop them. At the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, an open letter—signed by over three thousand of the world’s most relevant robotics experts, and endorsed by luminaries including Stephen Hawking, Nobel Laureate […]

Read the full story

Posted in China, Israel, Russia, US, World0 Comments

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Should We Empathize With Extremists?

February 17, 2016

When U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggested in a recent Security Council speech that an Israeli drive to build settlements beyond its territory partly fueled Palestinian extremism, it drew ire from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There is no justification for terror,” responded Netanyahu. “The comments of the U.N. Secretary-General encourage terror.” In the epochal ‘war […]

Read the full story

Posted in Islam, Israel, Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Middle East, Religion, Security Issues, Syria, Terrorism, World0 Comments

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Sino-U.S. Competition and India Policy

February 16, 2016

Introduction At the time of India’s independence in 1947 the world had just witnessed the end of the Second World War and was slowly being engulfed in a new power struggle with the Cold War. The brewing trend of the time was that of alliance forming with either of the blocs led by the United States (US) […]

Read the full story

Posted in China, Conflict, India, Political Security, Security Issues, US, World0 Comments

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Poll: Most Bangladeshis See Country Pointed in Right Direction

February 9, 2016

Recent attacks by extremists have not dampened enthusiasm for future. By Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States Bangladesh is headed in the right direction. That’s the conclusion of a new survey conducted by the respected International Republican Institute. IRI, an independent, non-partisan U.S. based organization that assists political parties to achieve good […]

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Posted in Asia, Bangladesh, Economic Security, Economics, Global Economy, Security Issues, Terrorism, World0 Comments

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Arctic Trade Route Presents Opportunity for Russia-West Cooperation

January 24, 2016

14,000 feet beneath the frozen surface of the Arctic Ocean at the North Pole, a Russian flag forged in titanium rests on the seabed. The flag, planted by a manned submersible during a 2007 expedition, was conceived as a publicity stunt intended to promote Russia’s territorial claims in the Arctic. The expedition was immediately rebuked […]

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Posted in Environmental Security, Global Economy, Russia, Security Issues, World0 Comments

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Understanding the Saudi-Iranian Cold War: A Road Map

January 22, 2016

The execution of a renowned Arab Shi’a cleric, Sheikh Nimr, just after the New Year has set long-standing rivals Iran and Saudi-Arabia on a new collision course. Radical elements in Iran attacked the Saudi diplomatic compound in the country prompting Riyadh to sever its relations with Tehran. While the Iranian government condemned the attacks, immediately dismissing some officials […]

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Posted in Conflict, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Political Security, Religion, Security Issues, Syria, World0 Comments

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Choosing Cohesion Over Conflict

December 31, 2015

By Mustapha El-Khalfi – Minister of Communications, Spokesman of the Government of Morocco With difficult global headwinds and regional instability, now is the time to embrace a new era of national unity Since 2004 $1 billion has been invested in the Moroccan Sahara, which is evident in the construction of more than 150 new local […]

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Posted in Africa, Economic Security, Europe, Food Security, Global Economy, Middle East, Political Security, Security Issues, World0 Comments

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Women’s Rights and the Decline of the Culture Wars

September 30, 2015

By Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history at NYU Last Sunday, at the United Nations, world leaders marked the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing accord on women’s rights. They celebrated women’s progress—especially in education, health, and labor—and underscored ongoing gender inequalities. But they also condemned the jailing of female political dissidents in China, which […]

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Posted in China, Religion, UN, World

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Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

August 23, 2015

This article was originally published by The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in Carnegie Ethics Online on 17 August 2015. In Klaus Harpprecht’s 1995 biography of Thomas Mann, he highlights a statement which Mann wrote in 1947, which, as Harpprecht puts it, “one reads with a distinct shiver half a century later”: In […]

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Posted in Europe, Germany, Global Economy, World

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