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Election 2012 and Foreign Policy: On the Table or In the Dust?

June 4, 2012

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As a presidential election year rolls around again, responsible voters must once again evaluate candidates’ positions against their own. While it is easy to get lost in the myriad issues trumpeted by both major candidates, their campaign teams, and the media, any eligible voter who respects his or her constitutional rights as an American citizen […]

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Balancing in Asia: Against China or Ourselves?

May 4, 2012

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The Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia has received much attention lately among policy analysts. An article from the Council on Foreign Relations concisely summarizes the main points of the new strategic focus on Asia as a natural result of shifting U.S. attention away from Iraq and Afghanistan and stemming from a desire to hedge against a […]

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Rewards for Democracy

April 6, 2012

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Burma’s by-elections on April 1st offers a glimmer of hope for a country that has been under military rule for decades. Although the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) still controls a heavy majority of total seats in Burma’s parliament, 43 of the 45 seats contested were captured by the  National League for Democracy (NLD), […]

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Declining Soft Power and the Timetable

March 22, 2012

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As the war in Afghanistan drags on for over ten years, it is no surprise that U.S. military forces, the American public, and the Afghans themselves are getting tired. While the conflicts and worries in Afghanistan are extremely complex and hard to resolve, some points are clear: the Obama administration is intent on withdrawal of […]

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Watching North Korea

March 12, 2012

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North Korea’s nuclear program has been a thorn in the U.S. side for nearly two decades. With the unexpected announcement on February 29 that North Korea would halt its nuclear weapons testing and uranium enrichment activities in exchange for U.S. food aid, is the situation finally taking a turn for the better? Considering the past record […]

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