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Juncker vs Tusk: European Titans

Image Caption: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council shake hands. The two men at the head of European leadership have espoused two different visions for the future […]

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The Complexity of Slums: Mapping, Planning, Drafting Laws, Destroying ...

Image Caption: The slums of Caracas, Venezuela demonstrate some of the difficulties in defining the concept of a ‘slum’ and how researchers struggle to measure their effects. Living in a big city may have its downsides, […]

Qawwali as Media from its Traditional to its Modern Form

Image Caption: Qawwali musicians gather for a performance in Fatehpur Sikri, India. Religious injunctions in regards to music in Islam are teleological, or purpose-based serve rather than being rule-based. While some have been led to believe […]

Integration in South America: A Brief Analysis of the MERCOSUR Case in ...

Image Caption: Some political scientists have judged MERCOSUR’s progress on integration against the benchmark set by the EU, but such a comparison may result in a misunderstanding of the organization. Political integration can be defined as […]

Saudi Arabia and Oil Depletion

Image Caption: As Saudi Arabia’s production and export of oil slows down, the nation will have to undergo a number of significant changes as it adjusts. Saudi Arabia is the main global exporter of crude oil, […]

Caught between Baghdad and Erbil: The Political Struggle of Iraqi Turk ...

Image Caption: A man in traditional Turkman clothing sits in Altun Kupri, a town near Kirkuk, Iraq. In the summer of 2014, Arshad al-Salihi, head of the Iraqi Turkman Front, urged the Turkman community of Iraq […]

The Future of Unipolarity

After the bipolar world order ended with the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, what was left, some argued, was a new power distribution within the international system: unipolarity. Accompanying the new era of unipolarity were questions of its […]

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: A Snapshot in the Life

South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, endearingly called Mama Winnie and “Mother of the Nation,” passed away in early April. A funeral service was held on April 14th, organized by the African National Congress, a group criticized for […]

Should the United States Implement Democracy in the Muslim World?

The Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisian parliament. Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union and subsequent establishment of Western liberal hegemony, American academics, politicians, and policy analysts have debated whether or not the United States […]

Rebuilding Afghanistan in Its Own Failed Image

The Afghani Parliament in 2006. When it comes to the state-building effort in Afghanistan, there would seem to be plenty to criticize in the realm of poor policy implementation. However, authors Thomas Barfield and Atri Suhrke […]

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