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GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook - 01/19/2015

Read about the ECB's QE program, US sanctions on Iran and more in this week's Global Risk Insight's Weekly Risk Outlook.  (Global Risk Insight, 01/19/2015)

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DRC and Uganda could benefit from joint oil agreement

Presence of massive oil and gas reserves around the Lake Albert region have increased tensions between DRD and Uganda.  A joint oil agreement could be a step forward to ease them.  By John Sisa. (Global Risk Insights, 12/27/2014).

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GRI Weekly Risk Outlook - December 22, 2014

New U.S. consumer sentiment data to keep improving. Central Banks in Armenia and Turkey to deal with rouble and Fed policy. Second round of voting in Greek presidential elections. (Global Risk Insights, 12/22/2014)

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IA Forum Interview: Scott Hickie discusses health corruption

IA Forum interview with Scott Hickie (Senior Analyst, Open Brieifing) who diiscusses corruption in the health sector.  Interview by Madison J. Myers.  (12/19/2014)

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IA Forum Interview: Dr. David Phillips

Dr.David Phillips discusses international development, the role of remittances, and his book, Development Without Aid,. Interview by Adriana Stephan.  (12/02/2014)

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Left Behind: North African Geopolitics and the Economy

Although economic projections look promising for sub-Sahara Africa, the picture looks far bleaker for North Africa.  By Elizabeth M. Adetiba. (10/28/2014)

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A Reply to Mearsheimer

Author responds to Offensive Realists who say  states want to dominate the international system. have. By Dr. Anna Cornelia Beyer. (07/25/2014)

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Cyber-Terrorism: Fact or Fiction?

Author argues cyber-terrorism remains more a product of fear mongering than concrete reality –– at least for the moment. By Sebastian J. Bae. (07/22/2014)

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Piracy: Can the War on the Seas Ever Be Won?

The current state solution models, focusing on military deterrence, have proven questionably effective in combating piracy, merely displacing it more than solving it.  By Sgt. Sebastian J. Bae.  (06/27/2014)

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IA Forum Student Writing Award Winners Announced

Winners of the Spring 2014 International Affairs Student Award Competition announced!

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Interview: Professor Haroon Bhorat - South African Economy

From IA-Forum's biannual publication, Professor Haroon Bhorat discusses the South African economy and the BRICS.  

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What You Measure is What You’ll Get

A look at economic metrics and understanding how to use them in analysis of countries. By Anuradha Kataria. (04/07/2014)

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New Issue of International Affairs Forum: Interview with Metodi Zajkov (Transparency International –

In this look inside the latest issue of International Affairs Forum (Taylor&Francis), an interview with Metodi Zajkov, Transparency International – Macedonia. (International Affairs Forum)

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Mineral traceability and conflict in eastern DRC: the case of the “Conflict-Free Tin Initiative”

Paper analyzes the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative and whether traceability provided by it will provide positive results. By Dr. Edoardo Monaco. (02/13/2014)

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Climate Change and Reinsurance: The Human Security Issue

Paper analyzes the effects of climate change on reiinsurance and human security issues. By Prof. Anis Bajrektarevic & Carla Baumer. (02/10/2014)

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Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2015-16

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Inequality in a Lower Growth Latin America

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China Chart of the Week: China’s Real Effective FX Appreciation in Perspective

The renminbi depreciated by 2.5% against the US dollar in (1/23/2015)
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Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962

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The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

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Citizen Security in Mexico: Getting Better or Getting Worse?

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Making Sense of the Uproar Over Obama’s 529 Proposal

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Africa in the News: Zambia Votes, the DRC Amends Controversial Bill amid Protests, and the IMF and W

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Saudi Arabia: New Leader, Same Medieval State

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The death of Saudi Arabia’s (1/23/2015)

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Saudi King Abdullah: An Assessment

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Fix the Link to Pakistan, Bond With India

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Obama in India: 4 Reasons to Keep Expectations in Check

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Renewed U.S.-Cuba Talks Spotlight Future Migration Issues

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At Risk of Fragmenting, Yemen Poses Dangers to U.S.

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Greek Elections: Just the Beginning of More Turmoil for the Eurozone

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EDITORIALS
To Make Great Strides in Health Care Improvement, Look to Education and Community

Discussion of nonprofit Spine Africa, that works to update medical equipment, facilities and medical methods in Africa.  By Dr. Richard Arjun Kaul. (07/03/2014)

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What about the Women: the Missing Voice at the Peacemaking Table

What is - and can be - the impact of women's representation in peace negotiations? By Sthelyn Romero. (05/26/2014)

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Reaffirmation of Islamic Philanthropy: a reflection

Discussion of Islamic philanthropy and the Global Donors Forum.  By Abukar Arman.  (04/29/2014)

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Denied Justice and Discriminated in the Face of Death – Foreign Nationals and the Death Penalty

International Commission against the Death Penalty members discuss focusing on foreign nationals and capital punishment worldwide..  By Ruth Dreifuss and Federico Mayor.  (03/03/2014)

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The New Face of Governance

In the new face of governance, NGOs play an important role.  By Dana-Marie Seepersad. (02/26/2014)

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Connecting the Dots in the Triangle of Threat

Is the triangle of Somalia, Kenya, and Ethopia an impending crisis area? By Abukar Arman.
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Human Trafficking – the Untamable Epidemic

A look at the root causes of human trafficking and possible steps to combat it. By Anuradha Kataria. (09/24/2012)
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Marginalization of the Somali Intellectual Class

Author analyzes the marginalization of the Somali intellectual class and its effects. By Abukar Arman (12/22/2011)
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Why Africa is the Next Destination

Author provides positive analysis for African development and proposes changes that must be made as well. By Eugene Nyambal. (11/04/2010)
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Economics: The Key to Stopping Terrorism in East Africa

Author presents case fo abating terrorism in East Africa through economic growth. By Matthew Bush. (IA-Forum, 10/02/2010)
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Which Policy to Address Climate Change?

Author examines potential impacts of climate change and policy options to combat it. By Julian Morris, International Policy Network. (12/09/2009)
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The Complicated Task of Educating Future Leaders

A discussion of international relations eduation system and a call for Realism in the course of studies. By Alina Khasabova. (03/01/2009)
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Africa is in the Basement

Author discusses placement of the African exhibit within the British Museum and how it may represent to some, a broader picture. By William Sapp. (07/21/2008)
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Trees vs. Tusks

Keeping the planet green takes shades of grey, not black-and-white. In Ghana, one shade of grey to be reckoned with is the African Elephant, that noble beast protected by international treaties from hunting, harvesting, or poaching. By George A. Pieler & Jens F. Laurson (09/02/2008)
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Joint African Union-United Nations Peacekeeping Efforts: A Dangerous Liaison?

Explores peacekeeping efforts by the African Union and United Nations; and provides a solution to optimize effectiveness in the short term. By Runa Reta. (09/20/2007)
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Credibility of G8 countries rests on keeping financial markets clean

Discusses financial transparency issues facing G8 and African leaders. By Akere Muna, President Pan African Lawyers Union and Vice Chair Transparency International. (06/07/2007)
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Fifa has to call Zimbabwe’s bluff

Zimbabwe’s tourist authority wants “to ensure benefits from the hosting of the World Cup by South Africa”. Fifa already pledges assistance for upgrading sports stadiums to that end. Maybe they should not. By George A. Pieler and Jens F. Laurson. (first published on Business Day (SA), 09/01/2006)
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Anti-Humanitarian Aid

The moral case for ending assistance to Africa. By Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler (first published on Reason Online, 03/10/2006)
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Launching the Trade Liberation Movement

The authors look the obstacles to free trade - and fine some amidst the very proponents of the idea. The WTO negotiations may be stalled, but there are - if few - alternatives. By George A. Pieler and Jens F. Laurson (IA-Forum, co-published with Institute for Policy Innovation, 02/21/2006)
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Africa: The Next Boon for Private Military Firms?

Author discusses private military firms (PMFs) in Africa and issues concerning their involvement there. By Shaun Randol. (02/04/2009)
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04/15/2015: Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2015-16 More
01/26/2015: Inequality in a Lower Growth Latin America More
01/23/2015: China Chart of the Week: China’s Real Effective FX Appreciation in Perspective More
01/23/2015: Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962 More
01/23/2015: The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy More
01/23/2015: Citizen Security in Mexico: Getting Better or Getting Worse? More
01/23/2015: Making Sense of the Uproar Over Obama’s 529 Proposal More
01/23/2015: Africa in the News: Zambia Votes, the DRC Amends Controversial Bill amid Protests, and the IMF and World Bank Predict Stable Growth for Africa in 2015-2016 More
01/23/2015: Saudi Arabia: New Leader, Same Medieval State More
01/23/2015: Saudi King Abdullah: An Assessment More
01/23/2015: Fix the Link to Pakistan, Bond With India More
01/23/2015: Obama in India: 4 Reasons to Keep Expectations in Check More
01/23/2015: Renewed U.S.-Cuba Talks Spotlight Future Migration Issues More
01/23/2015: At Risk of Fragmenting, Yemen Poses Dangers to U.S. More
01/23/2015: Greek Elections: Just the Beginning of More Turmoil for the Eurozone More
01/23/2015: Greek Elections: Just the Beginning of More Turmoil for the Eurozone More
01/23/2015: The Next King of the Saudis: Salman, the Family Sheriff More
01/23/2015: Five Bad Options for Gaza More
01/23/2015: Washington and the World According to Mac Thornberry More
01/23/2015: America's Frightening "Policing for Profit" Nightmare More
01/23/2015: Taking Stock of Transition: Enduring Lessons 25 Years Later More
01/23/2015: Taking Stock of Transition: Enduring Lessons 25 Years Later More
01/23/2015: Corporate Inversions and Tax Policy More
01/23/2015: Saving Europe (New and Expanded Edition) : Anatomy of a Dream More
01/22/2015: Poland's War on Radio Free Europe More
01/22/2015: Turkey’s Troubled Democracy and Foreign Policy More
01/22/2015: Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China? More
01/22/2015: A Growth Slowdown in China? More
01/22/2015: Indian Prime Minister Modi to Welcome Obama for Second Time More
01/22/2015: Israeli Elections: Who Will Win? (The Numbers, Take 1) More
01/22/2015: Innovations in Citizen Security in Ecuador More
01/22/2015: Testimony: Job Creation and a Healthy Economy [pdf] More
01/22/2015: Dynamic Scoring: An Annotated Bibliography More
01/22/2015: Barack Obama Recognizes India’s Increasingly Pivotal Geopolitical Role More
01/22/2015: A New Kind of Terrorist More
01/22/2015: A New Kind of Terrorist More
01/22/2015: Barack Obama Recognizes India’s Increasingly Pivotal Geopolitical Role More
01/22/2015: How Long Will the Global Oil Glut Last? More
01/22/2015: Previewing President Obama’s Trip to India More
01/22/2015: If You Like Higher Prices, Enriched Cronies, and Weak National Security, Then You’ll Love the Jones Act More
01/22/2015: U.S. Should Stay Out of the Russo-Ukrainian Quarrel: Why the Conflict in Ukraine Isn't America's Business, Part I More
01/22/2015: Fix Pensions with 'Buyback' More
01/22/2015: The Hidden Costs of Monetary Mischief More
01/22/2015: Central Banking After the Financial Crisis More
01/22/2015: Taking Down the (Entry) Barriers to Digital Financial Inclusion More
01/22/2015: Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society to Counter Global Violent Extremism More
01/21/2015: Security Challenges in Europe in 2015 More
01/21/2015: A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson More
01/21/2015: Book Talk: "US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: Evolution of an Incidental Superpower" More
01/21/2015: Hutchins Roundup: Education Spending, Spurring European Growth, and More More
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