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Visiting Cuba

This Spring Break, I traveled to Cuba for the first time ever. It is an immensely beautiful country filled with some of the kindest, joyous people I have ever met in my entire life. Everyone seems to be walking around with a smile on their face even though much of the country lives on no…

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European Engagement in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

At its core, the European Union (EU) is a multilateral institution rooted in members’ common interests and consent. For this reason, Europeans often identify with ideas that correspond with their ideals, as exemplified by four key European allies’ (the U.K., Germany, France, and Italy) agreement to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an…

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Kiev Cracks Down on Corruption, But Will it Solve the Oligarch Problem?

As Ukraine continues to struggle with separatist violence and looming economic collapse, its government officials hope to regain some stability with an aggressive anti-corruption initiative. On March 25, Ukraine televised the arrests of Sergiy Bochkovsky, director of the emergency services ministry, and his deputy Vasyl Stoyetsky. Many other top Ukrainian officials have recently been arrested…

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Interview with Dr. Victor Shih

By Henrietta Toivanen and Aman Ghose On February 24th, the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies interviewed Dr. Victor Shih, Associate Professor of Political Science at the UC San Diego. Professor Shih, an expert in Chinese political economy, was also the first analyst to identify the risk of massive local government debt in China.…

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Journalism in Mexico

  On March 16th, news enthusiasts in Mexico woke up to shocking news – Carmen Aristegui, a journalist and popular talk show host, had been abruptly fired by MVS Radio. Ms. Aristegui is responsible for exposing numerous scandals – everything from abuse of power to politician-led prostitution rings — and stepping on very powerful and…

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Greek Left: Syriza and Its Relationship with Tourism

Greece, the birthplace of democracy, has always been known for its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking natural beauty, and delicious gastronomy. For centuries, invading armies of tourists have trekked to Greece to enjoy its unique attributes. In fact, the Greek tourism industry accounts for nearly 17% of the country’s GDP. Since the Greek leftist party Syriza…