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Americas / Blog

Don’t Blame Democracy for Trump

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The rise of extremist politicians across Europe and in the United States has stirred a growing conversation about the efficacy of democracy. Will it fail? Is Trump a sign that democracy inevitably descends into mob rule, as Socrates warned? The pessimists who answer yes to these questions assume that a more democratic …

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Americas / Blog

In Presidential Politics, Trump’s Strategies Are Nothing New

Several political analysts, such as Benjamin Welton, have attempted to label Donald Trump’s rising support across the United States as symbol of the ‘new right’ and or the ‘alternative-right’. However, from a historical standpoint, there is nothing alternative or new about Trump. In fact, the three characteristics that have strengthened Trump’s campaign – resilience, populism …

Hugo Chavez mural in Caracas.
Americas / Blog

Venezuela Chokes on Failed 20th Century Policies

Hugo Chavez mural in Caracas.

Venezuela has sunk into chaos owing to the recent drop in oil prices, which constitutes 93% of its exports (combining crude and refined petroleum), leading to ludicrous inflation rates, electricity shortages, food shortages, and looting. On top of this Venezuela also has one of the world’s highest homicide rates and …

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Americas / Blog

If the US Wants to Lead, It Must Pay the Price of Leadership

Petty Officer 1st Class Chad McNeeley via Wikimedia Commons

Recently, Republican politicians like businessman Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker have criticized the disparities in defence spending between the US and its allies. On the other side of the aisle, President Obama has voiced similar concerns. He has called on other nations to share the …

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Continuity and Foreign Policy

Obama and Biden – The White House via Flickr

 

In 2008, Obama entered the oval office full of hopes, his campaign promises had included a completely different approach to foreign policy than his Republican predecessor. Obama had seduced American citizens and the world with his clear opposition to the war in Iraq, his recognition of …

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Africa / Americas

Is US Foreign Aid Failing Sexual Violence Survivors?

US and Kenyan Presidents together in Nairobi, July 2015. Image available on Flickr.

A few weeks ago, US President Barack Obama visited Kenya, during which time he strongly condemned female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages, sexual assault and domestic violence against women. At the speech at a Nairobi sports center, 5000 Kenyans were loudly …

Protestors outside the  Supreme Court of the United States invoke the rhetoric of an existential threat posed to the United States (Courtesy of Elvert Barnes under Creative Commons Licence)
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Charleston & Foreign Policy: Obsession with Terrorism is Hindering Smart Policy

Protestors outside the Supreme Court of the United States invoke the rhetoric of an existential threat posed to the United States (Courtesy of Elvert Barnes under Creative Commons Licence)

I am an American. And, as an American, the process of tragedy, confusion, debate, politicisation, and condolence following mass violence should be all too familiar …

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The US and Cuba – A Big Win for Diplomacy

US and Cuban flags. Photo source: Day Donaldson via Flickr Creative Commons.

More than half a century had to pass before the US and Cuba reopened their respective embassies and started to work towards fostering amiable and cooperative relations. The diplomatic breakthrough was a result of both the political will of Barack Obama and Raul …

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons
Americas / Asia

The Geopolitics of the Oceans

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons

The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth. They have been and still are an integral part of human history, our food chain and environment. Yet, most geopolitical discussions nowadays are focused on land based territorial disputes. This …

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Africa / Americas

The Workforce and Women: Is it only a third world problem?

Cummins College of Engineering for Women via Wikimedia Commons

Women make up just under half of the world’s population and there has been a great advance in their rights. However, has it gone far enough?

The change in the job market has meant there has been a greater need for different skills, skills in which cannot be …