October 20, 2018

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The History of American Counter Narcotics Operations in Latin America

Written by Brecken Denler In 1971, the thralls of the Vietnam war, President Nixon declared a new type of war: “The War on Drugs.”  Ever since, the United States has fought to reduce both supply of and demand for illegal drugs.[i]  Despite recent initiatives decriminalizing marijuana in many states and Canada’s new law legalizing cannabis, […]

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October 20, 2018

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Qatar Quagmire

Written by Steven Tibbits Power grabs, political strife, proxy wars, and pride have all contributed to the most recent crisis to hit the historically unstable Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Adams 2018; Stratfor 2017; Hassan 2018). This time it features the so-called “Quartet” of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt facing off […]

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October 15, 2018

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Corruption in Ukraine

Written by Marren Haneberg Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko named former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili governor of Odessa in May 2015. In addition to governorship, Poroshenko bestowed honorary Ukrainian citizenship on Saakashvili, who lost his Georgian citizenship after being driven out of the country in a political conflict (“Ukraine names ex-Georgian…”). Saakashvili, who was offered the […]

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October 15, 2018

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The New NAFTA

Written by Brennan Albrecht The new deal negotiated by the countries of North America as a potential replacement of NAFTA has received a fair mixture of praise and criticism. The new trade agreement, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), comes as the result of President Donald Trump’s major campaign promise to reshape NAFTA in order to better the […]

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October 13, 2018

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Anarco, Lawlessness and Narcotics in Central America

Written by Brecken Denler ANarco, Lawlessness and Narcotics in Central America Since the 1980s organized crime groups have taken new form in Mexico and Central America.  Under a brokered relationship with Pablo Escobar—the Columbian king of 1980s drug trade—a number of cartels, or non-competing organizations formed.[i]  These groups, functioned successfully and without major conflict until […]

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