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Implications of the Assassinations of Prominent Politicians in Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 3:03 PM

The assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai, last week has sent political shockwaves throughout Afghanistan. A close confidant of the president, Wali was not only widely seen as the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan, but one of the most powerful figures in the country....
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President Obama's Visit to a Favela in Rio: Below the Surface Calm

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 6:17 PM

A part of President Obama's visit to Brazil is to be an outing to a favela, a slum neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro. Rio's government wants to show off the progress of its so-called Pacification Plan (UPP) designed to address the criminality, underdevelopment, and lack of state presence of these...

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Paying off Somali Pirates: Still the Least Bad Option?

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 3:37 PM

The recent murders of four Americans sailing off the coast of Somalia have led to calls for a tougher action against Somali pirates. Many argue that paying ransom only encourages more piracy, and that stronger action against the pirates is needed. Unfortunately, however, effective alternative options to stop piracy are...

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