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MS-13 in America

Written by Brennan Albrecht This week, a member of the notorious Central American gang MS-13 was apprehended trying to cross the border into the US with the migrant caravan. This has sparked a resurgence of the dialogue about the presence and danger MS-13 poses to the United States. One of…

US and Russia Exit the INF Treaty

On December 8, 2018, Posted by , In China,Information Reports,Russia,United States, With No Comments

Written by Marren Haneberg On December 4, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days, citing Russian noncompliance. If Russia does not return “to full and verifiable compliance” by the deadline, the United States will start a six month…

East and Southeast Asia in the News: November 30, 2018

On December 3, 2018, Posted by , In Asia,Information Reports, With No Comments

By Sam Jacobsen Economy (North Korea) North Korea FM in Vietnam for Lessons on Economic Reform, The Straits Times, November 30, 2018             Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s foreign minister, began a visit to Vietnam on Friday the 30th to further North Korean-Vietnamese relations and to learn from Vietnam’s history…

FARC: History and Raison D’etre

On December 3, 2018, Posted by , In Colombia,Information Reports,Latin America, With No Comments

Written by Brecken Denler             The FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) traces its roots back to the 1950’s era struggle called “La Violencia.”[i]  These battles were between conservative and communist factions within the country.  Small communist groups banded together and adopted the FARC…

Russia and Ukraine Clash

On December 3, 2018, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Information Reports,Russia,Ukraine, With No Comments

Written by Marren Haneberg On November 25, Russia and Ukraine clashed in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. Though both nations use the strait, Russia blocked three Ukrainian ships’ access by placing a large cargo vessel under a Russian-controlled bridge. Russian border control ships…