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Sam Sasan Shoamanesh
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Sam Sasan Shoamanesh is the Vice-President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions, the co-founder and Managing Editor of Global Brief magazine and the Senior Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda. He is an inaugural member of the Council of Advisers to the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression.

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Entries by Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Can the Middle East Be Fixed?

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Yes. Amid the chaos and bloodshed, there may be a historic opportunity.

History tells us that regional cataclysms can galvanize states to reconsider and renegotiate long-held positions and postures. They provide an opportunity to challenge conventional wisdom and to look for new ways of doing business. Even adversaries have to...

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A New Security Order for the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:51 AM

The only region in the world without a security framework must at long last set about the task of creating one
The Middle East is once again the theatre for one of the world's major crises -- this time in Syria. Sophists and spin doctors are, to be sure, reducing...
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Defeating Aggression: Countdown to 2017

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 11:50 AM

It has cost humanity rivers of blood, destruction of Biblical proportions, untold suffering and irreparable losses of peoples -- in whole or in part -- over millennia to finally recognize in the 20th century that war of aggression constitutes in Robert H. Jackson's eloquent words, the "

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Global Food Security: An Uphill Battle That Must Be Won

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 3:13 AM

This past Thursday, on the 10th of November 2011, former U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan delivered a speech at Stanford University on the occasion of the launch of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies' Center on Food Security and the Environment. Citing UN estimates,...

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Nyiramasuhuko: The Mother Who Awarded Rape For Murder

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 1:00 PM

As he reflected on the Rwandan Genocide, a disillusioned Boutros Boutros Ghali, the former Secretary General of the United Nations stated the following during a 2004 Frontline interview: "[f]or us, genocide was the gas chamber -- what happened in Germany. We were not able to realize...

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What of Persian and the Lingua Franca of the New Century?

(14) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 11:45 AM

In Global Brief magazine's Strategic Futures segment recently published, experts and pundits were asked, what will be the key language(s) of this new century? Opinions were offered on why Chinese, Russian, French, Arabic, and Persian could be the lingua franca of the 21st century.

Persian! ('Persian'...

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Sudan: A Tragedy Anyway You 'Cut' It

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 3:17 PM

Credit: UNAMID - Olivier Chassot.

In the days to come, the world will come to learn whether the Republic of Sudan -- Africa's and the Arab world's largest country -- will continue as one nation, or be...

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall

(12) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 11:56 AM

On 13 December 2010, The Elders released a joint statement that is sure to strike a chord with anyone interested and genuinely concerned with cause of peace and progress in the Middle East (ME). Acknowledging that decades of peace-talks, US brokered or otherwise, focused on resolving...

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Quest for Bona Fide Democracy: Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 10:55 AM

The news of Aung San Suu Kyi's release less than a month ago on the November 13, 2010, after nearly two decades of state surveillance and house arrest was greeted by jubilation from all four corners, nourishing the yearning soul of the democracy movement in Burma (or more...

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Middle East Integration: A Conversation with Boutros Boutros-Ghali

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 12:05 PM

As the geopolitical chess games and drive for competitive advantage in the Middle East continue to generate winners and losers, fueling instability and rising tensions, one is inclined to ask how much longer before this regional dynamic will push the region towards an all-out war or contribute further...

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Iran's Nuclear Crisis: Why ICC Ratification Could Help Ease Tensions and Avert War

(30) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 10:37 AM

The drums of war against Iran in response to its nuclear program are getting ever louder, with headlines in Western media adopting a tone increasingly similar to those heard in the period leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The prototypical example of such incendiary rhetoric is none other...

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Mandela & South Africa: Inspirations for Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 3:23 PM

In a 2009 interview with Global Brief magazine, Louise Arbour, former UN Human Rights Commissioner and current President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, named Nelson Mandela her favourite historical leader.

Arbour is not alone.

Last month, South Africans and millions around the world celebrated Nelson Mandela...

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Not a "New Middle East", but a Unified Western Asia

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 10:07 AM

Geopolitics in the 21st century is shaped against the background of an increasingly globalized and still ever-competitive world, where states, perhaps as never before, can no longer thrive in isolated vacuum. Apart from the European Union (EU), there are countless other examples of a global trend towards regional alignment.

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