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The Connection Between Globalisation and Terrorism

There are numerous variables that have the potential to come into effect when one considers the nexus between globalization and terrorism. Some experts have argued that globalization is simple interdependence on steroids; that is its in essence a trend that “has widened the effective reach of multinational business, enabling smaller firms as well as larger […]

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The US Debt-Ceiling Debate

I.                    Introduction: Why the Debate on the Debt Ceiling is Valuable What does the US debt-ceiling debate have in common with an ancient Dutch village? On the surface, not much; but there is one common theme between the two during the negotiation of imminent disasters. “Polder Politics” is the term used to describe the negotiations […]

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Why Does NATO Matter Today?

“The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country…yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the US, once more, to make up the difference” (Spiegel, 2011). US Defence secretary Robert Gates stated this in June 2011 with […]

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Policing the World and the Transformers

The Benefits and Consequences of a Superpower’s Global Defense Strategy The “Transformers” is only a cartoon and more recently a highly popular big-screen movie franchise. But can the show be used as an analogy for debate over the “policing of the world” today? I personally saw an immediate connection after watching the trailer and finally […]

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What It Means To Be an American

This post is a bit different from some of the other articles. The idea is to get us thinking on a special national holiday about purpose and nation. Thanks for reading! Are you a “True American” or a “Modern American”? There could be many answers to what this means, but here is mine: “True” Americans […]

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The United Tribes of Afghanistan

The current nation-building strategy in Afghanistan would be appropriate for the conditions on the ground if the Afghans were already accustomed to a single ruling faction. The Afghans and Americans have had difficulty jointly creating a central government in Afghanistan that will match the needs of the state; this should not be controversial. A few of […]

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Obama 2012: The GOP’s Best Friend?

“…Tonight, I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new speaker, John Boehner” (Obama, 2011). This was how Barack Obama began his 2011 State of the Union address, before he turned to offer applause to the Republican Speaker of the House. This honor of Boehner […]

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Does US Manufacturing Still Matter?

I have heard a great deal of consternation from individuals on all ends of the political spectrum about why America is not making things anymore. This is quite a bit overhyped, but it is true that American GDP is not as reliant on manufacturing as we were half a century ago. Is this a bad […]

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US Nuclear Weapons: Should the US ever nuke first, ask questions later?

Why doesn’t the United States simply nuke its opponents? In addition to the politically unacceptable collateral damage caused, this is easily answered by the fear of nuclear escalation – that is, the rise in seriousness of war from conventional troops and bombs to all-out nuclear war. A more realistic question is one asking in what […]

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Libya: Why the West Waited for UN Support

The United Nations Security Council has just voted to permit the creation of a “no-fly-zone” over Libya to assist the rebels in repelling Qaddafi’s troops, who were poised to move on Benghazi within days. Just as recently as three days ago (March 15), many feared that the “moment [had] passed” for intervention. Why did the West wait so […]

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