October 28, 2018

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Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

Written by Andrew Allen Chinese low conditionality approach to infrastructure loans in Africa has been billed as a great opportunity for developing nations in the region to achieve economic development and growth that would otherwise not be possible. However, despite representing what one Ugandan economist described as an “unrivalled willingness to avail unconditional capital to […]

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October 28, 2018

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The Case of Khashoggi: The Middle East’s Pandora’s Box

Written by Steven Tibbitts The already turbulent politics of the Arab Gulf are being wracked by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, allegedly after being tortured (Kempe 2018; Alsharif et al. 2018). Responsibility for the murder may reach all the way up to Saudi Crown Prince […]

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October 28, 2018

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Macedonia’s Ascent to NATO and the EU

Written by Marren Haneberg On October 20, 2018, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or FYROM) moved a step closer to joining NATO after two-thirds of its parliament approved a name change for the country–from Republic of Macedonia to North Macedonia. Macedonia is moving to change its name to North Macedonia to resolve a […]

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October 22, 2018

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Countering Russia in Ukraine

Written by Marren Haneberg The United States has implemented two major policies to aid Ukraine’s defense against Russian invasion: sanctions and military support. In September 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order to “ensure the full implementation” of U.S. sanctions against Russia (“Trump strengthens sanctions…”). Since 2014, the United States has used sanctions to […]

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October 22, 2018

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Latin America in the News October 22

By Brennan Albrecht This week’s news in Central America: Migrant Caravan: Guatemala. “Hundreds of migrants in U.S.-bound caravan cross Mexico-Guatemala border”. CBS News, Oct 20, 2018. A caravan of more than 3,000 Central American migrants bound for the US crossed from Guatemala into Mexico this morning. Although some crossed legally into Mexico, hundreds attempted crossing […]

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