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Continue Turning up the Heat!

August 22, 2013

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Another African terror chief is possibly dead—now is not the time to back away from a continent that western nations have largely ignored, and seem to not want to remember. With the hopeful news of the death of Abubakar Shekau, the United States should continue to assist legitimate African Governments in their efforts to combat terrorism across Africa. A continued offensive on behalf of the United States and its African allies would help to contain the spread of terrorism to a few isolated patches in the Middle East, as well as help the US in its larger strategic goals.

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What North Korea Wants: A Look at the Evidence

August 7, 2013

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Despite the unprecedented level of violence in North Korea’s recent rhetoric and actions, a close look at these actions suggest that rather than signaling a new aggressive policy, they follow North Korea’s time honored practice of increasing tensions to extract concessions. North Korea’s unwillingness to take action that will definitely lead to a military response suggests that at present it is uninterested in sparking a major military conflict.

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Imagery Analysis: Edward Snowden Asylum Requests

July 24, 2013

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Edward Snowden, the contractor who leaked top-secret documents about information tracking techniques used by the NSA, is on the run from the U.S. Government and is seeking asylum in various countries throughout the world. Snowden has received 3 asylum offers and is waiting to hear back from Russia, the country in which he currently is in hiding. Top U.S. Government officials are seeking Snowden’s extradition to the United States in order to prevent more sensitive information from being leaked.

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China’s Human Rights Violations and its Consequences

July 1, 2013

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With the human rights violations in China escalating, human rights lawyers have become prominent targets for the communist party backlash. Many prominent lawyers, party members, and citizens stand as victims of party violence and control. Outdated practices largely established by Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution no longer maintain control, but rather create discord within the State. An analysis of increasing human rights violations highlights the forecast of instability within China and its effect on the region both politically and economically.

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North Korea: China’s Ace in the Hole

May 22, 2013

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With the recent calming of North Korean rhetoric, it appears as if the skeptics were correct in assuming that North Korea would not actually attack the United States or South Korea. However, with long-term goals on the line for Chinese and North Korean policy makers, they were successful in causing a hiccup in the progress […]

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