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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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Reacting to Egypt’s Crisis

July 12, 2013

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Recent events in Egypt highlight the need for increased attention on the flourishing (floundering?) Arab Spring. For where viable opportunities for democratic governance once flourished, an age old balance between religion and secularism is threatening the fragile democratic processes and institutions of these newly democratic nations. The U.S. can work with the current situation in order to help both our international image, as well as the struggling Arab states.

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China and N Korea: A complicated Relationship

April 20, 2013

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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and North Korea have a complicated relationship built on similar ideology and mutual economic gain. In fact, Support began in the Korean war in the 50’s when china obviously supported other communist regimes. In 1961, the two countries signed the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty,  whereby […]

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