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[9 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Matt Baron

As the largest Islamic constitutional republic in the world, Pakistan has always had a very divergent relationship with the United States. While fairly unpopular among the Pakistani citizenry, America has often come to rely upon the nation’s leadership, especially in the past decade. Though the alliance is logistically critical to both parties, it has not always been the most honest. The worst kept secret so far is that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) frequently colludes with and shelters extremist leaders. In response, the U.S. has progressively increased their …

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[20 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Safiya Merchant

The recent sexual assault of CBS News correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo, Egypt is a painful reminder of the struggles female foreign correspondents often have to endure while on assignment. Besides finding sources, covering their stories, and staying away from the violence of war-torn lands, they must also protect their bodies from being abused or exploited. According to The New York Times, Logan was viciously attacked the day that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power. While covering the celebrations, a mob of more than …

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[17 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Edwin Rios

Will Hosni Mubarak’s resignation threaten Egyptian-Israeli relations? Probably not.

But that seems to be the prevailing fear in the minds of the Israeli people, as life in the streets of Cairo returns to normal. The protests have risen from below; the same police who attacked anti-Mubarak protestors in Tahrir Square now call for higher wages and refuse to return to their jobs until their voices have been heard. The shouts for reformation of the 18-day People’s Revolution have ceased for the moment, as the government’s future rests in the …

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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By William Beaver

The protests that are taking place in the Middle East are similar to the protests that swept the Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from 2000 to about 2005. Over that period, it seemed like many governments were sick with some sort of illness that spread quickly throughout the region and overthrew one long serving autocratic leader after another. However, not every autocrat succumbed.

For example, Vladimir Putin is still running Russia. In Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev took his father’s crown, and in Belarus Alexander Lukashenko just recently crushed …

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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Mitch Steinfeld

With large-scale uprising in Egypt and demonstrations planned in other nations of the Middle East, the media is questioning the role of U.S. involvement in the region, and Americans are listening. A skeptic media is not new for Americans, but the source of it is.

Al Jazeera, the Doha-based, multilingual news service has positioned itself as an authority for in-depth, international coverage. Through their reporting in the Arab world, Al Jazeera has thrust themselves into American homes, beating out every other news source in coverage of Egypt.

The development of …

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[8 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

By Daniel R. DePetris

The first year of President Barack Obama’s administration has brought its fair share of attention to international affairs. Despite the somewhat quant security environment in Iraq, the United States continues to work behind the scenes with Iraqi politicians in the hopes of establishing an effective political system. In Afghanistan, the United States and its global allies find themselves in a tough and long-term fight against a resurgent Taliban: a movement that strives to kick out foreign occupiers in the name of Islam. Just across …

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[6 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

[Fall 2009, Volume X, Issue I]
International terrorist organizations can differ widely in structure, tactics, chosen victims and amounts of support. Throughout the world these groups use hijackings, kidnappings, suicide bombings and threats of worse to reach their goals, which can vary from state to state, continent to continent, or even leader to leader within the organization. While some groups rely solely on violence and fear to obtain the ends they seek, some choose to start walking a different path – they form political parties and utilize democratic institutions.
But why …

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[6 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
The Indus Water Treaty: Its Persistence and Prospects

[Fall 2009, Volume X, Issue I]
Water is fundamental to human civilization. The first settlements emerged near river basins and many continue to depend on this access to fresh water. It is thus not surprising that water has long played a role in conflict between states. Yet despite two wars and an ongoing territorial dispute, the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan has remained in force since its implementation with World Bank support in 1960. The negotiation of the treaty and its history since then may shed some light …

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[26 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

Despite its many benefits, globalization has exacerbated the human trafficking of women.

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[26 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

The for-profit pharmaceutical sector has drifted awy from drug development for diseases that unduly affect the developing world because they do not offer sufficient financial returns, hence the emergence of nonprofit drug development.