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The Hegemon and the Forgotten Continent: East Africa

January 3, 2015

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East Africa is a hotbed of political and economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. It has been a major recipient of aid from the United States, both military and economic, and has also served as an important area for U.S. trade. If the United States can focus its efforts on education, political cooperation, and investment in the area, some of these countries may become its strongest allies.

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The Cost of WikiLeaks

October 14, 2014

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Although WikiLeaks purports to merely reveal information for the public’s benefit, further analysis shows that its intentions are not quite that simple. Its revelations help the public very little, if at all, and many of their disclosures risk much more than they offer to the public. Though there has yet to be measurable proof of extreme damage to national security from WikiLeaks, this organization poses considerable danger to national security.

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The Danger of Foreign Fighters in Syria

October 2, 2014

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The Syrian conflict holds severe long term threats for the United States and its allies. While the most dangerous of these threats may not reveal themselves for years, the fruits of the conflict are already evident in the growth of organizations such as the Islamic State. As foreign fighters from across the world gain combat experience and build personal relationships in Syria, they expand a global network of terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. These individuals will greatly increase the capability of terrorist organizations to conduct operations in countries around the world, especially as they return home.

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Developing a Chinese Counterterrorism Strategy

June 25, 2014

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In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.

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The US Stake in Mexican Energy Reform

September 17, 2013

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has recently proposed opening Mexico’s nationalized oil and gas industry to joint ventures with private firms. This potential action, while unpopular with some Mexicans because of its political meaning, will—in the long term—likely prove advantageous for both Mexico and the United States and should be advocated by private and public US organizations.

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