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Opium poppy cultivation blocks Afghan development

Opium cultivation continues to flourish in Afghanistan, jeopardizing stability, development and health. The UN reported record high opium cultivation in Afghanistan this year, according to a survey released by the

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

DRC situation set to improve after M23 rebel surrender

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has improved as international and domestic efforts come close to reaching a peace deal that would include the full surrender of the

Asia Pacific Security

Does Tiananmen attack indicate political volatility?

On Sunday, October 27, a car crashed into a crowd and exploded at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, right underneath the symbolic portrait of Mao Zedong. The attack killed five people and

International Security

Geneva talks are critical for the Iranian economy

Iran will take part in the P5+1 talks in Geneva later this week, in what could be a critical step in rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran. Central to the talks

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s tourism suffers following Westgate terror

The recent terrorist attack in Westgate mall in Nairobi has detrimental effects on Kenya’s tourism economy, but the sector is expected to recover quickly. The Kenyan economy relies heavily on

Middle East/North Africa Security

PM kidnapping shows Libya’s chaos

The kidnapping of Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, starkly demonstrates the country’s harrowing post-Gaddafi security crisis. Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, the level of instability in Libya has

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Central African Republic may become ‘the next Somalia’

Of all the bloody conflicts around the world, it is somewhat surprising that the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) receives such scant media attention. While some observers even

International Security

Key takeaways from U.S Special Ops in Libya and Somalia

The Special Forces raids conducted by the U.S. military over two weeks ago in Libya and Somalia have generated a lot of buzz about the implications they will have for

Asia Pacific Security

Will South China Sea exacerbate Asia’s slowdown?

With rising regional tensions, speculation is rampant as to whether the situation in the South China Sea will hasten Asia’s economic slowdown. The global community has recently been confronted by

Europe Security

Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two