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Asia Pacific Politics

Is Abbott’s Australia Choosing Beijing over Washington?

The recent election of Tony Abbott as the new Prime Minister of Australia has again raised the issue of Australia’s strategic importance for both Beijing and Washington. Abbott, a conservative

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Iran’s Shifting Stance on Syria, Israel, and Nuclear Power

In the past few days, the international community has seen a series of surprising gestures from Iran, indicating a possible shift in posture. The West has grown accustomed to former

Middle East/North Africa Politics

“Everything On Table” in New Middle East Peace Talks

Since the failure of the Oslo Accords over two decades ago, there have been a several attempts made to reach a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. The latest

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Op-Ed: Now is the time for US intervention in Syria

President Obama’s policy toward the Syrian civil war, and particularly Bashar Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in that conflict, is being tested. At the time of writing, the United Nations

North America Politics

US Prison Industry Benefits from Immigration Reform

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a plan to reduce the U.S. prison population by reforming the prosecution of low-level drug offenses. America has the highest incarceration rate in the world

Europe Politics

Ukraine Moves Closer to Europe

In spite of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s warnings to Ukraine that he will take “protective measures” if the country signs a trade pact with the EU, Ukraine seems to be

Europe Politics

Russia’s Snowden Decision Obscures Economic Problems

Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden did not go over well in Washington. The US response to cancel the bilateral summit in September in

International Politics

Op-Ed: Boycott the Games

“If all GB athletes wore rainbow flags and Cameron turned up to the Kremlin with a rainbow tie, then that would be great,” said Anna Grigoryeva, 24, a Cambridge student

International Politics

Op-Ed: Don’t Boycott the Games

“Don’t boycott the Games.” This sentiment can be heard from several sides of the debate regarding Putin’s ban on homosexual athletes competing in Sochi at the Winter Olympics in 2014.

Europe Politics

Czech Republic Prime Minister loses confidence vote

Czech Republic Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok lost a parliamentary vote of confidence on August 7 by a count of 100-93 (with seven members absent). This development raises many questions about