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What Trade with China Means to the EU

Last month, the European Union and China struck a deal ending a dispute long standing dispute over China’s telecom giant Huawei. The company had been accused of being the recipient of government aid to increase its competitive edge in the global economy. Trade relations are at an all-time between the EU and China, the EU…

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In Pursuit of an End to the Colombian Conflict

For over half a century, Colombia has been engaged in an immense internal conflict.  Rooted in U.S.-backed anti-communist repression in the 1960s as well as the 1948 assassination of populist leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, the war has resulted in the deaths of over 220,000 people, most of them civilians.   The main actors in the conflict…

Rashid al-Ghannushi votes for Tunisian parliamentary election

Tunisian Elections Raise Hopes for Democracy

Since the start of the Arab Spring four years ago, hopes of democracy and stability for many Middle Eastern countries have faded. Elections in Egypt were followed by a military coup within a year, and the country has since been led by the heavy-handed Sisi. The removal of Muammar Gaddafi did the opposite, sparking anarchy,…

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ISIS in China: Key Questions

Recently, ISIS has issued statements condemning the People’s Republic of China for its attacks on Islam and Xinjiang Muslims. A conflict that goes decades back, the Uighur people of Xinjiang have been engaged in a separatist movement from the PRC, along with Tibet. While no large-scale warfare or movement has been arranged from the Uighur…

Incumbent Brazilian candidate Dilma Rousseff in 2012.

Challenges Facing Brazilian Politics

  Brazil captured international attention this month with one of the most heated presidential elections since its re-establishment of democracy in the 1980’s.  The October 5th general election pitted Worker’s Party incumbent Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, against eleven other candidates.  Her main adversaries were Aecio Neves from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB)…

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South Africa’s Open Mosque

In late September, Cape Town opened its first “Open Mosque,” forcing Muslims in South Africa to tackle issues of gender equality, sexual orientation, and religious freedom.  Essentially, the Mosque is open to all genders, sexes, religions, and races.  The Mosque is owned by Cape-Town born, Muslim academic, Taj Hargey.  There have been multiple backlashes from…