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GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook - 01/26/2015

In this GRI Weekly Risk Outlook: ASEAN pushes for ‘code of conduct’ in South China Sea dispute, the Fed to maintain its current monetary policy stance, and the African Union and others attempt to broker an agreement in South Sudan. (Global Risk Insights, 01/28/2015). 

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

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Film Screening: “Brothers in Arms: Stories from the Frontlines of the Russian-Ukrainian War”

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The China Challenge: Balancing Cooperation and Competition

Watch this meeting live on Thursday, Januar (1/29/2015)

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Cambodia and the International Community: Trials in Reconstruction and Foreign Assistance

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HBO History Makers Series with Janet Napolitano

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China Chart of the Week: Chinese Firms Top Forbes 2000

The Forbes Global 2000 companies list, which ranks the top (1/28/2015)
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Red States Bear the Brunt of Federal Funding Cuts

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Rule of Law in China: Speech by Madame Tao Kaiyuan, Vice President of China’s Supreme People’s Court

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Sex, Oil, and the Ruble

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Border Surveillance Follies

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Do We Care about Prisoners in Solitary Confinement?

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10 Years After Humanitarian Reform: How Have Internally Displaced Persons Fared?

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Greece’s New Government: Empty Pockets and Empty Promises

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Dimming Prospects for Reform in Venezuela

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EDITORIALS
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation: 45 Years of the Collective Muslim World’s Voice

Stumbling blocks still abound for Muslim interests through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. By Amit R. Saksena. (01/29/2015) 

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Tribulation of the Right to Free Passage: Strolling in your neighbor’s front yard with a hand gun?

UNCLOS states that all states enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea. But what about warships and ships containing dangerous cargo?  By Amit R. Saksena. (01/27/2015)

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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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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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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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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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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
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01/28/2015: China Chart of the Week: Chinese Firms Top Forbes 2000 More
01/28/2015: Red States Bear the Brunt of Federal Funding Cuts More
01/28/2015: Rule of Law in China: Speech by Madame Tao Kaiyuan, Vice President of China’s Supreme People’s Court More
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01/28/2015: Do We Care about Prisoners in Solitary Confinement? More
01/28/2015: 10 Years After Humanitarian Reform: How Have Internally Displaced Persons Fared? More
01/28/2015: Greece’s New Government: Empty Pockets and Empty Promises More
01/28/2015: Dimming Prospects for Reform in Venezuela More
01/28/2015: Dimming Prospects for Reform in Venezuela More
01/28/2015: Dimming Prospects for Reform in Venezuela More
01/28/2015: Obama: Try Something New More
01/28/2015: Migration as a Way to Reduce Global Inequality More
01/28/2015: Event: Latin America: Falling on Hard Times More
01/28/2015: China and India: Who Will Win the Growth Competition? More
01/28/2015: VIDEO: Why Is Health Care Spending Growth Slowing Down? More
01/28/2015: Introducing Health360: A Forum for Unique Perspectives on Health Policy More
01/28/2015: Je suis Gaza: that’s what Europe should be saying More
01/27/2015: Alejandro Werner on Latin America: Falling on Hard Times More
01/27/2015: A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible More
01/27/2015: 5 Takeaways From Obama’s Trip to India More
01/27/2015: Regional and Global Energy Series More
01/27/2015: What the Demise of Obama’s 529 Plan Says About Tax Reform More
01/27/2015: A Victory in Kobani? More
01/27/2015: MENA Women's News Brief More
01/27/2015: Rousseff’s Uphill Battle to Revive Brazil’s Economy: What Brazilians Think of the President’s New Austerity Plan More
01/27/2015: The ECB’s Stimulus Buys Time. Will Europe Take Advantage of It? More
01/27/2015: The ECB’s Stimulus Buys Time. Will Europe Take Advantage of It? More
01/27/2015: The ECB’s Stimulus Buys Time. Will Europe Take Advantage of It? More
01/27/2015: No, Mass Surveillance Won't Stop Terrorist Attacks More
01/27/2015: Martin Wolf: The Shift and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned--and Have Still to Learn--from the Fina... More
01/27/2015: Latin America: Falling on Hard Times More
01/27/2015: Our Crisis Is One of Infrastructure, So Let's Roll Out the Gas Tax More
01/27/2015: Early Childhood Development: Does Bundling Services for Young Children and their Families Reduce Costs? More
01/27/2015: Policy Brief 15-2: Service Sector Reform in China [pdf] More
01/27/2015: Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going? More
01/27/2015: Unity in Challenging Times: An Address by Ambassador Victoria Nuland More
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01/27/2015: Is Ridesharing Safe? More
01/27/2015: American and Japanese Scholars View China’s Economy and Politics More
01/26/2015: A Growth Slowdown in China? More
01/26/2015: A Conversation with Yossi Beilin More
01/26/2015: Deleveraging the State in China More
01/26/2015: The Bad News in the CBO Report More
01/26/2015: Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition More
01/26/2015: Greece Has Chosen, but It Doesn't Get to Decide by Itself More
01/26/2015: Inequality in a Lower Growth Latin America More
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