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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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Human Rights Violations Inside EU

Is the EU hypocritical concerning human rights? By H.E. Dr. Walter Schwimmer. (Modern Diplomacy, 01/20/2015)

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EU Court and Greek Elections May Block QE from the ECB

Will the ECB’s meeting on January 22nd will offer more than just talk from the bank or will Eurozone politics will get in the way? .By Luke Lott. (Global Risk Insights, 01/20/2015,  

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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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A Critical Assessment of the Impact of EU Membership on British Sovereignty

Paper explores positives and negatives about EU membership on British sovereignty. By Anna Roininen. (01/08/2015)

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The New EU Voting System – the Old West-East North-South Division

Paper analyzes Visegrad countries’ economic policies and general EU-policies. By Prof. Attila Marján. (12/31/2014)

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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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EU-China Trade Hampered by EU Divisions

The unbalanced China-EU business relationship can be seen as the outcome of a divided EU and an opportunistic China. But there is scope for improvement. By Nicolas Jenny. (Global Risk Insights, 12/21/2014)

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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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Kazakhstan Becomes Centrepiece in Eurasian Diplomacy

In a phase of declining oil prices and economic storm in neighbouring Russia, Kazakhstan has engaged in intense diplomatic activity with the West and other Central Asian countries. By Dr. Ernesto Gallo.  (Global Risk Insights, 12/17/2014) 

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Mediterranean Energy Alliances Isolate Turkey

The discovery of hydrocarbons has altered the geopolitical situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, leading to the formation of new alliances that leave Turkey out of the game. By Evita Souri. (Global Risk Insights, 12/13/2014)

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25 years after 9/11 – How many Germanies should Europe have?

Europe, Germany, and Yugolslavia before and after the fall of the Berlin wall.  By Prof. Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. (11/16/2014)

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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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Nuclear Security: A Casualty of Moscow’s Involvement in Ukraine

Where does the nuclear situation lie in Russia now?  An analysis. By Elizabeth Zolotukhina (07/08/2014)

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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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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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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?

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

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Petrostates Have a Cheap Oil Malady

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While consumers in the United Sta (1/30/2015)

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Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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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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Parthenon Marbles: Democracy Cannot be Frittered

The time is overdue for Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. By Panos Chatzinikolaou. (01/22/2015)

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Denazification urgently needed in Europe

In light of the Charlie Hebdo attack, author reflects on the EU.  By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. (01/09/2014)

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Will outside conflict hurt Poland’s economic growth?

Analysis of the effect of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the Polish economy.  By Brian Daigle (10/22/2014, Global Risk Insights).

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Europe – the letzte Mensch or Übermensch, the new Byzantium or declining Rome

The recently released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings discouraging news for many. What does it mean the Europe?  By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. (10/10/2014)

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The New Leaders are the EU’s Response

Contrary to many who belive the EU has done little in reaction to the Ukrainian crisis, its response has been made.  By Panos Chatzinikolaou. (09/08/2014)

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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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Iran Nuclear Deal: On the way to political transformations or united for the political game?

What are the hopes for the Iran nuclear deal? By Serine Ayriyan. (12/15/2013)

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High Council for the Azawad: A New Opportunity for Peace in Mali?

Parallels to Northern Ireland for achieving peace in Mali? By Dr. Christos Kyrou. (05/07/2013)
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The Exhaustion of the Greek Political System and a Society in Flames

Author examines Greece's internal issues and their impacts on its crisis. By Dimitra Karantzeni.
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From Lisbon to Barcelona – all the forgotten EU instruments

Is multiculturalism dead in Europe? By Anis H. Bajrektarevic. (12/13/2012)
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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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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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Wearing the burqa in France: questioning integration models for Muslim communities in Europe?

Author explores the complexity of the burqa issue in France. By Valentine Pasquesoone. (IA-Forum, 11/03/2009)
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Will NATO Prove Itself in Afghanistan?

Author analyzes NATO's efforts in Afghanistan to bring peace and stabilty. By M. Patel. (IA-Forum, 04/22/2009)
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Reflections on new violence in Northern Ireland

Author comments on recent Protestant extremist riots in Northern Ireland. By Dr. Christos Kyrou. (3/17/2009)
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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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Threat to Free Trade, Threat to Progress

The crisis of the financial markets could all-too easily be turned into vast economic crisis if political meddling and populist resentments manage to infringe on free trade. By George A. Pieler and Jens F. Laurson (IA-Forum, 10/22/2008)
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The Irish "No" of Hope

The argument that Ireland's "No" to the Lisbon treaty masks a lack of appreciation for the E.U.'s many benefits just doesn't cut it. Gratitude for past achievements cannot be a reason to tolerate present ineptitude. By Jens F. Laurson & George Pieler (First published at Forbes.com, 06/20/2008)
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Refinding the Rainbow

Author speaks with Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen and looks at the implications of the current global economic downturn for the country. By Atsuko Matsumoto (01/29/2009)
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In Search of its Mission: NATO and the Ukraine

Russia's resistance should not be a determining factor - either contra or pro - in the Ukraine's quest to be a member of NATO. By Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler (IA-Forum, 04/17/2008)
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An Energy Policy for Europe?

Critiques the current energy situation in Europe and calls for a re-examination of policy and direction. By Guillaume Le Grand. (IA-Forum, 2/21/2007)
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Wasted Energy

The authors poke at the European 'Energy Summit' and discuss possibilities for Energy diversification in Europe. By George A. Pieler and Jens F. Laurson (first published on Tech Central Station, 04/10/2006).
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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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European sovereign debt crisis wake up call for US?

Author argues that the US should look at Europe to avoid an economic disaster. By Andy Langenkamp. (02/25/2011)

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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: 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: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, Inclusion, and the Informal Economy 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
01/28/2015: VIDEO: Why Is Health Care Spending Growth Slowing Down? More
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