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You Say You Want a Revolution

September 22, 2011

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The Arab Spring has been hailed as my generation’s tearing down of the Berlin Wall, a seminal moment in world history that represents a paradigm shift in the politics of the Middle East. While it certainly can be considered as such, it is still far too early to determine just what changes the Arab Spring […]

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Aid Transparency: Information Overload

July 18, 2011

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Among the numerous horror stories involving the mismanagement of foreign aid funds, most involve some corrupt NGO or government official siphoning off millions of dollars intended for the world’s poorest. The problem, foreign aid critics feel, is not the motives behind assistance. Few would argue for leaving the poor to fend for themselves. Rather, detractors […]

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Libya: The Case for Diplomatic Recognition

May 17, 2011

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This past week, Mahmoud Jabril, representative of the rebel Libyan government, met with the White House seeking—among other things—diplomatic recognition from the United Sates. The National Transitional Council (NTC) formed officially on March 5, 2011, in Benghazi to manage the affairs of rebel held territory in Libya. However, official US recognition to the NTC was […]

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Human Rights and the Arab Spring

April 28, 2011

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The Arab Spring began as a macabre protest against human rights violations. On December 17, 2010, Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire because of mistreatment by a policewoman. Human rights violations are all too common in the Middle East and have been one of the main demands for reform by protestors. Governments in Syria, Saudi […]

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