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The History of American Counter Narcotics Operations in Latin America

October 20, 2018

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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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Corruption in Ukraine

October 15, 2018

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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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The New NAFTA

October 15, 2018

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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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Anarco, Lawlessness and Narcotics in Central America

October 13, 2018

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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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China’s Economic Advances in Africa

October 13, 2018

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Written by Andrew Allen Background During much of the 20th century, Sino-African economic relations were a minor feature of Chinese foreign policy. In the 1960s, China encouraged a small amount of investment and trade between the two regions to promote solidarity among “Third World” nations (Muekalia, 2004). However, following a quarter century of economic growth […]

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