Paris, the EU, and Climate Change

United Nations climate talks are starting in Paris in a few days. As the host continent of this important international gathering of over 130 heads of states around the world, what should we expect of Europe? Will the climate talks be more effective than Copenhagen 2009, among other efforts? Historically, the EU has played a significant…

Violence escalates in Burundi following the unlawful reelection of President Pierre Nkurunziza [Photo Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic]

Burundi’s post-election political conflict needs international intervention

Burundi, a small land-locked nation in East Africa, has been in political turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he would run for a third term, despite the nation’s constitutional limit of two terms.  Nkurunziza subsequently won the July presidential election. Opposition responses included violent protests, a boycott of the election, and an…

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ISIS and Central Asia

The Islamic State (ISIS) has become the foremost national security concern for many central asian countries. In Uzbekistan, for example, police arrests of individuals suspected of being affiliated with the terrorist organization have risen dramatically. According to Regnum, a Moscow-based news organization, more than “150 people had been detained in Uzbekistan’s capital city in the…

Tanzanians line up to vote in the country's 2015 presidential election [Photo Credit: AP]

Tanzania’s chaotic, successful elections point toward a greater democratic future for the nation

Tanzania has just completed its most competitive presidential and parliamentary elections yet, with strong implications for the political future of the country. Tanzania inaugurated president-elect John Magufuli on Thursday following elections on October 25.  Magufuli will be Tanzania’s fifth president since the country gained independence in 1964.  Both the United Nations and the US have…

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Crash of Russian Plane Signals Imminent Escalation

On October 31, Metrojet Flight 9268 went down in flames on its route from Sharm Eli Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia. The incident killed 224 people, most of whom were Russian tourists. Immediately following the crash, all affected parties quickly assumed their predictable stances on the disaster. Russia resisted the theory that a bomb…

TTIP

TTIP: U.S.-EU Trade Agreement as a Challenge for China?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, has sparked much controversy. Noticeably, instead of focusing on reducing tariffs, the TTIP proposes to align the U.S. and EU’s currently incompatible rules and regulations. Although opposition is voiced most loudly in several EU countries where…