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When, If Ever, Will We See an "African Spring"?

Spencer Mariotti | Posted 10.05.2015 | Teen
Spencer Mariotti

There are more parallels between the historic Arab Spring and the current sociopolitical state of Sub-Saharan Africa than an apparent shared affinity for arson.

Why Are We Treating Iran as a Great Power?

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Jonathan Adelman

To show weakness in the face of a rising, third-world, highly authoritarian regime will only encourage it to strive to achieve its goals of regional dominance in the Middle East over many American allies.

Why a Bipolar World Is More Likely Than a Unipolar or Multipolar One

Yan Xuetong | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Yan Xuetong

BEIJING -- U.S. global dominance will gradually weaken and eurocentric standards in international norms will increasingly give way to pluralist standards. The decline of global organizations and the rise of regional ones will take place simultaneously.

Rights and Freedom in Retreat

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The results for 2014 are in and they are, to say the least, not encouraging. 2014 was not a good year for freedom in the world with negative trends evident in all regions. In fact, global rights declined for the ninth straight year.

Events in Paris -- It's Time to Stand Up For Freedom

David Shechtman | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
David Shechtman

If you're reading this article, then you've benefited, at least indirectly, from the laws protecting the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. These laws support freedom of expression, itself rooted in the political philosophy of Liberalism.

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

An Alliance of Necessity: Putin's Russia Enjoys a Strategic Partnership With Israel

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Jared Feldschreiber

The Russian-Israeli partnership is crucial, given the perils and unpredictability of today's regional tensions. Their shared interests champion security and other geopolitical issues, and underscore deep-seated historical ties that bind the countries.

Strength in the Crucible of Crisis

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
D. Michael Lindsay

Our greatest leaders guide us decisively through the crucible of crisis with a strength of character formed long before the moment came to act.

Blah-humbug: Leaked Trade Agreement Shows (Surprise!) U.S. Looking Out for Its Interests

Michelle Wein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michelle Wein

It is important to note that the differences are much more nuanced than many of the alarmists would lead you to believe -- each country is trying to get the agreement to align best with its existing policies.

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

The Washington tantrum that threatened the global economy over the last several weeks is no isolated instance of some peculiarly American dysfunction.

If Someone Were to Build an Artificial Island in International Waters, Could They Legally Declare It as a Sovereign Nation?

Quora | Posted 09.14.2013 | World

It could be done, but it would be a major technical and financial effort.

'Fast Diplomacy': The Future of Foreign Policy?

Andreas Sandre | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Andreas Sandre

Because social media exponentially multiplies a message and its reach, mistakes often occur in sudden and unexpected fashion. This is why risk management needs to become part of a digital diplomacy strategy -- not just crisis communications.

Why Is Beijing Leaking the Revolution?

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Rebecca Novick

It's amusing to imagine what Alexis de Tocqueville would make of China recommending his 'Revolution' to its people. What China's leadership seems to have failed to notice is that the French Revolution is generally considered to have been a good thing by its people.

If the Current U.S. Presidential Candidates Were Running in Your Country, Who Would You Vote for?

Quora | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Hung Lee, Recruitment Strategist - Founder of Wise Man Say My fellow Quorans, on this question I ...

Why Don't Americans Riot and React Strongly When Christianity Is Attacked?

Quora | Posted 11.26.2012 | World

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Joshua Engel, polymath Because we have police.That is, not because the police are there to arrest r...

How Is the Iraqi Government Doing as of 2012?

Quora | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Wael Al Sallami, Iraqi Rubyist, CS grad student at TAMU Let me break it down to a few key areas:Pow...

Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Can Rio+20 turn the corner for global governance for agriculture and food systems? We need to see a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and approaches that integrate knowledge across sectors.

The Media's Limitations and Manipulations

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 07.17.2012 | Media
Ziad Abu-Saud

All social, political and economic policies and debates are communicated through our media. Therefore, the breadth of our democratic experience is largely defined by the structure of the media and its content.

Terrorists Protected, While Terrorism Fighters Languish in Jail

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Blake Fleetwood

If the U.S. hopes to convince the rest of the world that its campaign against terrorism is not one-sided and self-serving, the country must figure out a way to cut the long life sentences and harsh treatment of the four jailed terrorism fighters.

Of Power and Principle

The European Magazine | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
The European Magazine

As Henry Kissinger once said, there cannot be war without Egypt, and there cannot be peace without Syria. It is the connection belt between Iran (the largest Shiite country in the region) and the Shiite population of Lebanon.

Food Safety in a Global World

Robert Hormats | Posted 02.04.2012 | World
Robert Hormats

Open food markets can augment domestic food supplies, reduce supply variability, and make more efficient use of global resources. Trade is part of the solution, not part of the problem.

10 Years Ago: A Letter To My American Friends

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

Ever since September 11, I've been asking myself: How does a vision of Christ who has embraced all, including Muslims, influence the way I relate to other people today?

Somalia Is Not a State

T.A. Ridout | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
T.A. Ridout

Instead of embracing and learning from indigenous Somali successes in the north, the international community undermines them by supporting the Transitional Federal Government.

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown on the Unfinished Global Revolution

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

In advance of his upcoming book, The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Pursuit of a New International Politics, I interviewed Mark Malloch-Brown on the challenges and opportunities of globalization in the 21st century.

The Children's Book: The Heavenly Hell of Childhood

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In the life of a reader--and by a reader I mean someone who has always read for pleasure--it is doubtful that any books have as much impact, in the en...