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Britain and the European Union: Headed towards complete separation?

There is no denying that the surprisingly close referendum in Scotland sparked a renewed interest in independence movements across Europe. Suddenly the long-standing movements for independence in Catalonia, the Basque region, and even Sardinia are garnering headlines again. While just as improbable now as they were over the last decade, these regional independence movements have overshadowed…

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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…

Colombian Conflict

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…

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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,…