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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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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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Economic Transition Report on Azerbaijan:An Issue of Governance

Paper that studies issues facing Azerbaijan's economic transition. By Grace Mausser. (12/15/2014)

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Other Side of the Coin

Definding Israel's actions in Gaza.  By Kashi N Pandita

 

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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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IA Forum Interview: Carlotta Gall, NY Times

IA-Forum interviews NYT’s reporter, Carlotta Gall, on her new book, The Wrong Enemy, and her thirteen years of reporting on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Africa. By Cynthia Iris (04/14/02014)

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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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Interview with Winston Harris: The Syrian Kurds Situation

Analyst Winston Harris provides insight about the Syrian Kurds, their current situation, and prospects for the future. (03/04/2014)

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Why the Syrian Conflict Defies Political Solutions

The Syrian War presents a myriad of actors and intererest, making a peaceful solution difficult.  By Dr. Mohammed Nuruzzaman.  (03/04/2014)

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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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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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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?

Patrick J. Michaels

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

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Petrostates Have a Cheap Oil Malady

Emma Ashford

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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How to Stop the Crime of Ungrateful Children?

Repercussions of arming insurgents still resonate.  By Ali Reza Sarwar. (01/14/2015)

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'Moral blackmail' still stifles debate on Israel

Accusations of anti-Semitism against those who criticise Israel aim to curb debate on its crimes against Palestinians. By Abukar Arman (first appeared in Al Jazeera). (08/16/2014)

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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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Afghanistan: from tribal lawlessness to democratic order

A look at the elections in Afghanistan. By Kashi N Pandit. (05/02/2014)

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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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Bi-polarity of Afghan peace talks

Afghan peace talks are bounded by many stakeholders.  How are they involved and how does Karzai play into the situation?  By Dr. Kashi N Pandita. (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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From the MENA, Yet Another Dilemma

The Syrian crisis, in the context of the MENA countries. By Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic.
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How Do Muslims Think?

Freedom of thought and expression key points to examine the anti-American protests. By Magdy Aziz Tobia. (09/26/2012)
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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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Talking to the Taliban: Impossible or Pointless?

Author analyzes possible discussions with the Taliban, providing potential scenarios and outcomes. By Dmitri A Titoff. (04/29/2011)
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Two End States in Afghanistan: Somalia of Asia or the Turkey of the East

Author presents analysis of current situation in Afghanistan and asks which direction policies will steer the country toward. By Davood Moradian. (10/18/2010)
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Women are the Pillars of Afghanistan

Author responds to op-ed by Laura Bush, and discusses steps to achieve gender equality. By Ashraf Haidari. (10/18/2010)
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Karzai Not Two Faced About War On Terrorism

M. Ashraf Haidari, Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC., responds to Thomas L. Friedman statement that some countries in the region are "two-faced" in the war against terrorism, defending President Hamid Karzai's policies. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (08/10/2010)
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Afghanistan: Never Mind the Disabled

Author looks at issues faced by disabled in Afghanistan and critiques the lack of programs to assist them. By Fahim Kairy. (01/19/2011)
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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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Afghanistan: Averting the Loss of another Generation

Author discusses the importance of providing educational opportunities to young Afghans. By Ahmad Shuja. (10/25/2009)
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Revitalization of the Agriculture Sector Key to Winning the Peace in Afghanistan

Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Afghanistan’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, discusses the Afghan elections and argues that a developed agriculture sector can lead to peace and prosperity. By Mohammad Asif Rahimi. (09/29/2009)
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Winning the Elusive Peace in Afghanistan

Authors discuss challenges to gaining peace in Afghanistan and offer points for hope in attaining it. By Shaida M. Abdali and M. Ashraf Haidari. (07/21/2009)
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Education is the Key to Empowering Afghan Women

Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan M. Ashraf Haidari argues for increased efforts to educate the women of Afghanistan as a primary step in ensuring greater rights. By M. Ashaf Haidari. (05/13/2009)
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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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The EU’s Promotion of “Regional Cooperation” in the South Caucasus – Modest but Ambitious

Exmanation of regional cooperative efforts in the South Caucasus and their potential effects. By Syuzanna Vasilyan. (02/28/2009)
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A Way Through the Afghan Labyrinth

Author discusses need for securing Afghanistan and offers a plan to do so. By M Ashraf Haidari. (first appeared in Asia Times, 10/07/2008)
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Peace Deals that Destabilize Afghanistan

Author analyzes peace negotiations between Pakistan and the Taliban and their effect on Afghanistan and issues facing it. By M. Ashraf Haidari (07/03/2008)
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Paris Conference: An Opportunity to Address Afghanistan’s Key Rebuilding Challenges

M. Ashraf Haidari, the Political Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, discusses rebuilding challenges that should be addressed at the Paris Support Conference. By M. Ashraf Haidari. (06/10/2008)
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Will Washington's New Counternarcotics Policy in Afghanistan Work?

Author examines new counternarcotics policy and provides a ground level alternative. By Haroun Mir and Jens F. Laurson (first published in the Central Asia-Caucasas Institute Analyst, 10/17/2007)
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Bush Might Want Another Go at “Democratizing” Iraq

Author critiques possible US troop increases. By Claude Salhani. (IA-Forum, 12/22/2006)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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