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The Brexit Opportunity: How Brexit Can Re-Energize UK Development Policy

As the UK leaves the EU, there are underexplored implications for the UK’s international development policy, with Brexit providing an opportunity for the UK to reduce trade barriers with developing countries and develop a progressive unified trade and development policy.
Syria's empty seat at the Arab League

Syrian Readmission into the Arab League; Will it? Won’t it? Does it Even Matter Anymore?

As the Syrian Civil War slowly draws to a close, diplomatic, strategic and ethical questions come to the forefront of the Arab League, which will debate Syria's readmission later this month.
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Germany’s Recovery Gives Kosovo Hope

Parallels between Kosovo in the last twenty years and Germany in the decades after World War II provide hope for Kosovo’s future.

Description and the Anatomy of War

America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump By Sharifullah DoraniI.B. Tauris, 328 pp, January 2019 In the winter of 1940, the philosopher Simone Weil published her essay “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force.” In it, she argues that from the violence of war “springs the idea of…

Authoritarianism’s Next Stop for Oil? Guyana!

As Venezuela's government is increasingly marginalized, China, Russia and Turkey will look to Guyana to fill natural resource needs. This poses dangers to Guyana's emerging democratic institutions.

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The end to the U.S.—status quo?

As the US increasingly vacates its leadership role within international institutions, China seeks to fill the gap through regional institutions it dominates. This implies potential shifts in how multilateralism is practiced.

The Estrada Doctrine’s Illusion of Neutrality: How Venezuela’s Crisis Became Mexico’s Missed Opportunity

Mexico's reversion to the Estrada Doctrine of neutrality is an ethical and strategic mistake, which has resulted in a major missed opportunity for Mexico to take on the mantle of regional leadership.

Softening a Hard Brexit

Brexit is complex and controversial, and the form it takes will impact the UK and Ireland in particular for generations. Steps must be taken to ensure voters have a say in the form it takes.

The Hemispheric Community and Slow-Motion Coups

Bolivian President Evo Morales has steadily undermined his nation’s democratic institutions, leading Andres Oppenheimer and others to claim that a “slow motion coup” is occurring in the country. The Andean nation has seen a number of challenges to liberal democratic practice since Morales first came to power in 2006. Perhaps the most pervasive challenge has…

A Step in the Right Direction? Trump’s “Aid” to Central America

Although the Trump administration pays little attention to the Americas outside of U.S. concerns with the “Troika of Tyranny,” the administration is taking a stance against immigration from the region into the United States and at combatting Chinese influence in the region. On December 18, 2018, President Trump announced a $5.8 billion aid package to…

Book Review: Everything You Have Told Me is True

Everything You Have Told Me is True brings an updated in-country perspective to the shadowy role of Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, in Somalia. From Mogadishu to London, and through interviews with refugees and terrorists alike, she explores al-Shabaab’s immense resilience, begging the question: is al-Shabaab here to stay?

Mental Health Stigma and Politics: Not Even Canada Gets It Right

It is time for a change in how we talk about mental health in politics. While we have seen great progress, there are lessons in recent scandals and in actions by pundits and journalists that faced no backlash whatsoever.

Burkina Faso, Five Years After “Revolution 2.0”

In 2014, following 27 years of rule by President Blaise Compaoré, Burkinabe citizens took to the streets in protest of Compaoré’s decision to seek an extension of presidential term limits and resulting in his resignation. Five years after the protests, Burkina Faso has since held the national election that activists demanded. Nevertheless, challenges continue to test the country’s democratic development, including issues and delays surrounding key country-wide decisions, insecurity in the Sahel, and weak rule of law. International organizations need to capitalize on progress made to date and continue supporting democratic growth in Burkina Faso.

Conflicting Values in the Arctic: Examining Russian-Canadian Tensions through Election Interference

A forthcoming study from the University of Calgary predicts that Russian intelligence services may be interfering in the Canadian federal elections scheduled to take place at the end of October over concerns in the Arctic region.

Ethiopia’s Abiy One Year On

A year after his election Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy is being challenged to continue his role as a regional mediator while resolving ethnic tensions at home. How he responds to this popular ultimatum may well shape his legacy.

Both Parties Agree: The House’s FY2020 NDAA Is Politicized. Why That Matters.

While the Democrats and Republicans are unlikely to come to a full agreement on who politicized the normally standard National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) procedure, bipartisan finger-pointing suggests both sides agree that this breakdown in precedent is cause for alarm.

It May Be Too Late to Save World Cup 2022. What Can We Do to Save FIFA?

Teaser: FIFA’s organization of the World Cup, a beloved global sporting event, masks an apparent lack of concern for human rights in the countries it partners with. How can the international community take action?

Political Chaos is Knocking Down Barriers in Algeria

The lack of leadership in Algeria has led to an unstable political environment, weakening the structure of the state. An Arab-Spring inspired revolution is underway as protesters challenge the government, as well as the military who has seized political power; for now.

Foreign Aid Should Persuade, Not Coerce

The Trump administration has demonstrated a willingness to use foreign aid to coerce countries like El Savador into adopting favorable policies. But what are the long-term consequences of this approach?

Border Security in West Africa

Boko Haram in Nigeria, Haqqani Network in Pakistan, National Liberation Army in Venezuela, and Al Shabaab in Somalia - what regional similarity do they all share that allows their organizations to destabilize their regions? What major security issue must these countries address if they hope to finally defeat these organizations?