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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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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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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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Has Greece Done Enough?

Paolo Mauro and Anders Aslund debate whether the austerity (1/30/2015)
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Book Talk: "US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: Evolution of an Incidental Superpower"

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Kennan Cable No.4: What’s Next For Donbas?

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Mohammed bin Nayef: Washington’s New Favorite Saudi Prince

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Social Security Isn't Going Away -- But It Is Going to Get Worse

Michael D. Tanner

Seventy-five years ago, Ida (1/30/2015)

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Africa in the News: AU Summit Highlights Women’s Empowerment, African Sovereign Debt Losses May Reac

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Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate

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China Chart of the Week: Inequality Continues A Steady Decline

Earlier this month China released its preliminary 2014 eco (1/30/2015)
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More Tax-and-Spend on the Way

President Obama’s budget proposal, to be released (1/30/2015)

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Wealth, Inheritance and Social Mobility

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President Obama’s Climate Diplomacy

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A Path Forward for Greece

The people of Greece have spoken, loud and clear, by de (1/30/2015)

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Did Global Warming Juice Winter Storm Juno?

Patrick J. Michaels

The day prior to Juno hitt (1/30/2015)

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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
02/02/2015: Film Screening: “Brothers in Arms: Stories from the Frontlines of the Russian-Ukrainian War” More
01/30/2015: Has Greece Done Enough? More
01/30/2015: Book Talk: "US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: Evolution of an Incidental Superpower" More
01/30/2015: Kennan Cable No.4: What’s Next For Donbas? More
01/30/2015: Mohammed bin Nayef: Washington’s New Favorite Saudi Prince More
01/30/2015: Social Security Isn't Going Away -- But It Is Going to Get Worse More
01/30/2015: Africa in the News: AU Summit Highlights Women’s Empowerment, African Sovereign Debt Losses May Reach $10.8 Billion, and African Trade Ministers Push for AGOA Renewal in DC More
01/30/2015: Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate More
01/30/2015: China Chart of the Week: Inequality Continues A Steady Decline More
01/30/2015: More Tax-and-Spend on the Way More
01/30/2015: Wealth, Inheritance and Social Mobility More
01/30/2015: President Obama’s Climate Diplomacy More
01/30/2015: A Path Forward for Greece More
01/30/2015: Did Global Warming Juice Winter Storm Juno? More
01/30/2015: Petrostates Have a Cheap Oil Malady More
01/29/2015: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion More
01/29/2015: Egypt’s Fight Against FGM: Is There Hope After All? More
01/29/2015: Deciphering China’s Mixed Signals More
01/29/2015: Has Greece Done Enough? More
01/29/2015: Event: Next Steps in US-Cuba Economic Relations More
01/29/2015: Next Steps in US-Cuba Economic Relations More
01/29/2015: Cambodia and the International Community: Trials in Reconstruction and Foreign Assistance More
01/29/2015: The State of Islamism: The New Generation More
01/29/2015: China Rebalancing Update – Q4 2014 More
01/29/2015: Hutchins Roundup: IMF Loans, Unemployment Benefits, and More More
01/29/2015: Hutchins Roundup: IMF Loans, Unemployment Benefits, and More More
01/29/2015: Improving Educational Options for Georgia Children More
01/29/2015: Despite Push to Legalize, "War on Drugs" Still Matters More
01/29/2015: Next Steps in US-Cuba Economic Relations More
01/29/2015: Restricting Energy Development in Alaska More
01/29/2015: The Smart Way to Stop Illegal Immigration More
01/29/2015: Watch out, America: Mexico May Be the Next Failed State More
01/29/2015: Obama's Budget: Why Won't President Fix What Needs Fixing (Hint: Social Security, Medicare)? More
01/28/2015: Egyptian Women: Small Steps Ahead on a Very Long Journey More
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
01/28/2015: Sex, Oil, and the Ruble More
01/28/2015: Border Surveillance Follies More
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
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