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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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Global Counter-Terrorism: How US allies are coping with terror – United Kingdom

Global Counter-Terrorism: How US allies are coping with terror – United Kingdom No single approach to counter-terrorism is a silver bullet. As such, each country facing terrorism must take into account the specific variables attributable to their individual country. These variables include the kind of threat they face from the context of threat level, as […]

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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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The British Monarchy: The Power of the Crown

Long, long ago, before Prince William and the future Princess Kate were to be wed, there was another seemingly happy occasion that became a disaster for the Crown. And no, it’s not Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding to Charles. In the late 17th century, the Catholic English Monarch King James II had nearly everything a ruler […]

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How Does China Choose its Leaders?

China has become a very popular topic for a number of reasons; some are concerned with how much American debt China holds, while others believe that the military is gearing up for a war of aggression and still others fear the outsourcing of manufacturing that China has been very willing to accept. In addition, China […]

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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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