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After the Shutdown, American-Style Democracy Is a Hard Sell

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After 16 days of shutdown and repeated threats of debt default, the United States faces its greatest challenge yet to American foreign policy: its own inability to manage the US government and economy responsibly. October’s last-minute race to clumsy bipartisanship demonstrates a perceived failure in US democratic institutions, …

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Cui Bono?

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Article by Walt Andrews, written for and originally published by the St. Andrews Foreign Affairs Review.

“For big corporations, trade agreement time is like Christmas morning,” according to US Senator Elizabeth Warren. She was discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and unfortunately she’s entirely right. The TPP …

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Colombian Economic Protests

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Article by Lina Contreras, written for and originally published by the St. Andrews Foreign Affairs Review.

This past year has been an eventful one for Colombia.  Between the Government’s efforts to secure a Peace Deal with Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC); and the …

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US Spying Row: Decisions for Rousseff and Peña Nieto

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The decision by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to postpone her official state visit to Washington this October conveys that her country believes it is now able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s most powerful nation. Brazilian pride has …

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The Republican Party and it’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

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“On Saturday,” Paul Krugman writes in his latest New York Times article, “Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the weekly Republican Address.  He ignored Syria… Instead he demanded the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”

“Who cares?” asks Krugman.

Mr Krugman’s question is a valid …

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Planning for the next National Security Strategy requires a new attitude to foreign policy


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In 2010 the British Coalition Government formed a new type of foreign policy institution that mirrored the design and purpose of its American counterpart.  The National Security Council was to provide a space for the “collective discussion of the government’s …

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A Shift for Obama’s Foreign Policy?

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The Obama administration nominated Samantha Power, the Irish born Harvard professor, to become the next US ambassador to the UN. After a tough few months in the position, particularly related to the incidents at the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Ambassador Susan Rice will become the National Security …

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Brazilian Protests, the demands of civil society

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Brazil led by President Dilma Rousseff, who is a member of the left-leaning Workers’ Party (locally known as PT), is on the path to becoming a global power. With a low unemployment rate and in the last decade 40 million entering the middle class, defined as a …

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The Diminution of Communist Cuba

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Cuba is commonly viewed as one of the remaining relics of communism.  Through-out the end of the 20th century Cuba fought to retain its communist principles within the midst of the cold war and even after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The Cuban government continues to wave …

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President Obama completes his foreign policy team

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At the beginning of the month President Obama announced that Susan E. Rice would become his new National Security Adviser.

Ms. Rice replaces Tom Donilan who has played an important role in Obama’s close-knit team of foreign policy advisers.

There was considerable media speculation regarding the possibility of Ms. Rice being appointed Obama’s …