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Interview with Mark Towery, Geo Strategy Partners

Mark Towery, Managing Director of Geo Strategy Partners, discusses how organizations should embrace strategic planning to compete in today's dynamic, hypercompetitive market.  (03/04/2015)

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Election as Warfare

Paper analyzes the militarization of elections and challenges of democratic consolidation in Nigeria. By Dr. Azeez Olaniyan & Olumuyiwa Babatunde Amao. (02/13/2015

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World Bank - East Asia Urban Data Competition

The World Bank invites researchers, academics, designers, students, and practitioners from around the world to explore and use the World Bank’s recently released dataset on urban spatial expansion in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region. See details inside.

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

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Can the U.S. Have Normal Diplomatic Relations with Cuba?

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Global Trends, Local Stories: New Films on India and Ethiopia

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The Opening Session of the Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium

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Mexico: The Unbearable Cost of Distrust

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Working Together to End Violence against Women: The Experience of Russia and the US

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Hutchins Roundup: Austerity, Performance-Based Pay, and More

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Hutchins Roundup: Austerity, Performance-Based Pay, and More

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The end of the Russian energy weapon (that arguably was never there)

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The end of the Russian energy weapon (that arguably was never there)

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In Alabama, a Victory for School Choice

Jason Bedrick

The Left’s

The Melting Pot Meets the Voting Booth

Alex Nowrasteh and Sam Wilson

An enduring argu (3/5/2015)

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Income growth and decline under recent U.S. presidents and the new challenge to restore broad econom

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Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter

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EDITORIALS
Is Multipolarity Inevitable in International Politics?

A look at unpolarity and multipolarity in international politics. By Amit R. Saksena. (03/05/2015)

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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
03/27/2015: Can the U.S. Have Normal Diplomatic Relations with Cuba? More
03/24/2015: Global Trends, Local Stories: New Films on India and Ethiopia More
03/16/2015: The Opening Session of the Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium More
03/05/2015: Mexico: The Unbearable Cost of Distrust More
03/05/2015: Working Together to End Violence against Women: The Experience of Russia and the US More
03/05/2015: Hutchins Roundup: Austerity, Performance-Based Pay, and More More
03/05/2015: Hutchins Roundup: Austerity, Performance-Based Pay, and More More
03/05/2015: The end of the Russian energy weapon (that arguably was never there) More
03/05/2015: The end of the Russian energy weapon (that arguably was never there) More
03/05/2015: In Alabama, a Victory for School Choice More
03/05/2015: The Melting Pot Meets the Voting Booth More
03/05/2015: Income growth and decline under recent U.S. presidents and the new challenge to restore broad economic prosperity More
03/05/2015: Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter More
03/05/2015: Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter More
03/04/2015: Mexico's Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for International Engagement in the Gulf of Mexico More
03/04/2015: The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security More
03/04/2015: The Month in U.S.-China Relations (February) ?????? More
03/04/2015: Ukraine Has Escaped Financial Meltdown?But Challenges Lie Ahead More
03/04/2015: Dave Petraeus, national hero More
03/04/2015: Dave Petraeus, national hero More
03/04/2015: Seven Things You Should Know about the IRS Rule Challenged in King v. Burwell More
03/04/2015: Americans’ views increasingly hawkish on terrorism, ISIS More
03/04/2015: Russia after the Nemtsov murder More
03/04/2015: To Cut or Not to Cut? More
03/04/2015: Obamacare at the Supreme Court More
03/04/2015: A review of the 2015-2016 Indian budget More
03/04/2015: A review of the 2015-2016 Indian budget More
03/04/2015: Jobs Depend on Obamacare Defeat More
03/04/2015: Why a Confucian revival and the Internet could have unexpected consequences for China More
03/04/2015: Russian aggression against Ukraine and the West’s policy response More
03/04/2015: Russian aggression against Ukraine and the West’s policy response More
03/03/2015: Bulgaria Has Problems--But Also Growth Prospects More
03/03/2015: Contested Memories, and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War More
03/03/2015: Protect Taxpayers from Illegal Taxes More
03/03/2015: The Mumbo-Jumbo of 'Middle-Class Economics' More
03/03/2015: Fueling the marine shipping industry: A promising new market for LNG? More
03/03/2015: Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks (TANs) to address operational gaps More
03/03/2015: To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party More
03/02/2015: Resilience for Peace: A New Agenda More
03/02/2015: ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror More
03/02/2015: Current Challenges to Euro-Atlantic Security: Strategies for Co-operation and Joint Solutions More
03/02/2015: Alejandro Werner on Latin America: Falling on Hard Times More
03/02/2015: Event Summary: Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Planning, and the Private Sector in Colombia More
03/02/2015: VIDEO: Experts discuss Congress and oversight of the Federal Reserve More
03/02/2015: America’s allies in the Middle East create as many problems as they solve More
03/02/2015: The Evolution of Ukrainian National Identity in the Crucible of Maidan and War More
03/02/2015: Iran's regional policy after a nuclear deal More
03/02/2015: Debt-saddled municipal budgets get a lifeline More
03/02/2015: As China’s Capital Outflow Quickens, Will the RMB Depreciate? More
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