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Power Play: US Foreign Policy under United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power

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In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power argued that the United States has the responsibility to intervene when genocide is committed abroad, and she denounced the US government for its reluctance to combat or even condemn genocide. “When innocent life is being taken on …

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Oil Wealth in Latin America: A Double-Edged Sword

Brazilian-owned Petrobas’ Oil Platform P-51 will produce about 180 thousand barrels of oil when fully operational. Photo Source: Divulgação Petrobras/ Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons.

Brazil, the 7th largest economy in the world, is planning to triple its oil production by 2035. Currently, Venezuela holds the largest supply of proven reserves in the world, outranking …

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The Age of the Whistle-blower

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We live in the age of the whistle-blower. There are many who would have it be otherwise, but surely there is none who can deny the cataclysmic changes that have been ushered in by Wikileaks and its cohort. Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning), and Edward …

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The Bilateral Security Agreement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani return from a walk around the backyard of Truman Hall in Brussels, Belgium, on April 24. Photo source: U.S. Department of State via Wikimedia Commons.

Over the past few months media reporting on Afghanistan has focused …

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Colombia’s peace talks and international drug policy

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For more than two decades, Colombia has been largely synonymous with drug trafficking and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Indeed, despite some supposed steps forward during President Uribe’s two terms (2002-2010), the drugs trade continues to be inextricably linked to Colombia’s problems, the most important of which …

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A Dialogue on Present Day Critical Theory

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In terms of how society distributes its power humanity has come a long way. We have advanced from tribal societies, fiefdoms, monarchies, feudalism, limited constitutionalism and imperial confederacies and are currently trending towards global democratic norms. While there have been hiccups on the way and with many countries still resisting its …

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‘No Such Agency': A Historical Perspective to the Snowden Precedent

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The ancient philosopher Sun Tzu wrote, “Hence, it is that with none in the whole army are more intimate relations to be maintained than with …

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A growing movement for change: Latin America and the war on drugs

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Introduction

In September this year, President Juan Manuel Santos of Columbia rose to speak before the UN General Assembly. The tone was largely sober and conservative; Santos principally focused on the damage caused by the half-century-long conflict in his country. But when he turned to the issue of controlling drug …

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Obama and the Syria dilemma

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The agreement between the United States and Russia to bring Syrian chemical weapons under control was a diplomatic achievement that, during the past year, had seemed a political impossibility. A month ago it appeared more than likely that the President would employ military power to deter …