Sino-Japanese Tension Grows Over Island Dispute

Once again, tensions have risen between China and Japan relating to a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands. The islands, called the Diaoyu Islands by China, have been a sensitive spot in Sino-Japanese relations in recent years. The tensions were reignited when Japan reported on September 9th an unmanned aircraft...

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Less is Not More: The Consequences of China’s One Child Policy

Less is Not More: The Consequences of China’s One Child Policy

Since the economic crisis of 2008, the United States’ future role in the international community has often been viewed with doom and gloom. Talk of an end to American exceptionalism has largely been linked to China’s seemingly inevitable emergence as the premier international superpower. With their GDP growth dwarfing the...

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US Diplomacy With Iran Creates Rift With Israel

US Diplomacy With Iran Creates Rift With Israel

Since he became President of Iran in early August, Hassan Rouhani has pursued a more open and friendly rhetoric and foreign policy with the United States than did his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Last week, Iran participated in diplomatic talks in Geneva with the US, UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia—the...

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What to do With Foreign Aid: The $37 Billion Question

What to do With Foreign Aid: The $37 Billion Question

What would you do with $37 billion dollars?  With that much money, you could seemingly buy anything.  You could buy yachts, mansions, cars, 37 billion McDoubles—or you could take that money and distribute it to other nations for humanitarian and military assistance.  Though the other options seem appealing, our leaders...

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The Debt Crisis: We All Know How Congress Is Reacting, But What About the Rest of the World?

As the United States Congress plays chicken with the current debt crisis, international leaders are showing much less patience with America’s current state of affairs. Predictably, countries that have substantial investment in US assets are paying close attention to the possible futures of their finances, and they do not like...

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Government Gridlock and the Globe

As 450,000 “non-essential” workers continue to sit at home due to the government shutdown, the October 17th Debt Ceiling deadline rapidly approaches. With Congress utterly gridlocked, it is hardly news that the domestic picture is bleak. However, it is also important to understand how these policy decisions (or in this...

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International Idealism

International Idealism

“The leaders who built the United Nations were not naive. They did not think this body could eradicate all wars. But in the wake of millions dead…and with the development of nuclear weapons that could annihilate a planet, they understood that humanity could not survive the course it was on....

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Now That Cher is Dead

Now That Cher is Dead

When Margaret Thatcher was checked into a hospital this past Monday, the world watched with bated breath. Long suffering from dementia , Baroness Thatcher was 87. Her odds for survival were not good. Unsurprisingly, when her death was announced, social media was ready. The website http://www.isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk/, started in June of...

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Rare Earth Elements: The Energy Question of the 21st Century?

While issues pertaining to oil production and dependence have dominated headlines in years past, perhaps America’s real energy concern right now should be focused on rare earth elements. China, our fiercest global economic competitor, currently holds a monopoly on the extraction and refinement of rare earths, a set of 17...

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What’s Happening in Cyprus and Why Do We Care?

Cyprus, a seemingly insignificant Mediterranean isle near Greece and Turkey, has been experiencing a massive debt crisis in recent weeks, one that could actually have profound effects on the international community.  The Cypriot banking sector makes up a huge proportion of the national economy, with national bank deposits worth over...

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