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Moving Forward on Iran

By: Ben Perlmutter In November 2013 the United States and rest of the P5+1—Great Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany—reached an interim nuclear agreement with Iran. The agreement freezes the Iranian nuclear program for six months, starting this past January. In the interim agreement, Iran has agreed to temporarily stop enriching uranium past five percent, […]

Game of Drones: ‘Winter is Coming’ for Already Icy Sino-Japanese Relations Over the Senkaku Islands

By: Nate Sawyer   The specter of a great power conflict between Japan, China, and the United States in a regional territorial fray over the Senkaku islands might only flicker in our imaginations as a faint possibility. But as tensions continue to flare between China and Japan as they clash over the eight contested islands […]

Oil Deposits found in Kenya

By: Ibitola Adesuyi   Kenya has been in the headlines for the attack on a Nairobi mall by the militant group, Al-shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, that killed about 68 people, and injured over 175. This attack was the deadliest attack in Kenya’s history since Al-Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in 1998, killing 213 […]

Fight to the Finish: Polio Eradication Efforts in the 21st Century

By: Kate Moran   Polio eradication is considered one of the 21st Century’s greatest medical successes. In 2009 fewer than 2,000 cases were reported worldwide. In 2012 that number decreased to only 223.[1] Intensive national immunization programs in countries ranging from Peru to Japan are responsible for these figures, but organizations within the private sector, […]

India’s ongoing battle with corruption

By: Nikhil Bontha   In 2010, a group of Indian politicians and government officials were accused of taking bribes from telecom company executives in the biggest corruption scandal in India’s post-independence history. India, the world’s second-largest cell phone market with almost 700 million customers, was in the process of auctioning off second-generation (2G) frequency allocation […]

Repeating the Past: Further Mass Protest in Egypt

By: Andrew Morsilli   Egypt is once again becoming the scene of protest against a government perceived to be repressive and tyrannical by some elements within the country. The ousting of president Morsi in recent months has sparked new waves of protests and clashes with the new military backed government that has taken power. It […]

Japan’s Most Important Paper: Too Dangerous to Revise

By: Nathaniel Sawyer   Riding his public popularity and his party’s majority in both the Lower House and the Upper House of the Japanese Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has a unique window of opportunity to attempt the passage of a key agenda item that has been on the Liberal Democratic Party of […]

Russian Homophobia Sparks Worldwide Controversy and Tough Decisions in Preparation of the Olympic Games

By: Bryan Reines In June 2013 Vladimir Putin signed into law legislation that aims to “protect” the youth of Russia by banning homosexual propaganda.   The world has since focused its attention on homophobic discrimination occurring at an institutional level all over Russia, even in vibrant and developed cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow.1 These abominable […]

Rays of hope amid rape cases in India

By: Alexis Suh              On December 16, 2012 on a bus in New Delhi, India, six men brutally gang-raped a 23-year-old female paramedic, who later died from the injuries.[1] On August 2013, five men gang-raped a female photojournalist in her early twenties.[2] As sexual assault cases in India continue to make headlines across the […]

Putin’s “Exceptional” Argument

By: Nicole Goetz As Americans, it is common to think that when we invest our time and resources abroad they are always appreciated on the receiving end. When disaster strikes some place in the world, the international community looks to the United States for help and aid. Based on past international policies, we see ourselves […]


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