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Continuing the Discussion: Taiwan Arms Deal

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BY LIBBA KING Name: John Graham Age: 23 Hometown: London, England Area of Specialization at the HNC: International Politics Do you know exactly what is included in the recent U.S.-Taiwan arms deal? Two retired U.S. Navy Frigates retrofitted and refurbished for Taiwan’s use. Do you think Taiwan poses a real military threat to Mainland China?…

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Continuing the Discussion: China’s Role in the Fight Against Extremism

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China should commit to global coalition to battle extremists BY MATTHEW GANDOLFO In light of recent terrorist attacks in France and Mali, as well as continued conflicts in Syria, the world’s most powerful countries must re-examine their approach to securing the global commons and preventing conflict. China’s rise as to become second largest world economy…

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Continuing the Discussion: What to Do with Refugees – Multiculturalism vs. Assimilation?

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Multiculturalism is Better Model than Assimilation for Integration of Immigrants BY FATIMA NANAVATI With the migrant crisis at the forefront of international concerns in 2015, it is no surprise that matters of allegiance, identity, and patriotism have come into question for many nations around the world. As countries, particularly those in Europe, consider accepting large…

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Continuing the Discussion: China’s Growing Role in Ensuring Global Security

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China Should Commit to Global Coalition to Battle Extremists BY MATTHEW GANDOLFO, SAIS OBSERVER In light of recent terrorist attacks in France and Mali, as well as continued conflicts in Syria, the world’s most powerful countries must re-examine their approach to securing the global commons and preventing conflict. China’s rise as to become second largest…

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Continuing the Discussion: Russian Involvement in Syria…

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Russian Involvement in Syria Deserves Benefit of the Doubt BY ANDREW KOVTUN It has now been four and a half years since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. Official estimates range from 220,000 to 310,000 dead, with at least 30,000 of that count being children. That figure does not take into account the more than…

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Continuing the Discussion: The End of China’s One-Child Policy

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Symbolic, Very Important BY JONATHAN HALL-EASTMAN The announcement that China would be replacing its One Child Policy with a two child policy has provoked a variety of reactions. One of the most common is to say the easing of the policy simply doesn’t matter that much. Despite the name, the “one child” policy has for…

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AGOA’s Next Challenge: Agriculture

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By BRIAN CORRY WASHINGTON — The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has still not had a significant effect on agricultural exports from sub-Saharan Africa. This is critical because the agricultural sector in Africa employs 60% of the population, and makes up a disproportionate percentage of African GDP. In 2009, agriculture made up 12.9% of…

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Saudi Overreach in Yemen

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By GEOFFREY KING Saudi Arabia’s operation “Decisive Storm” morphed into “Restoring Hope” on April 21, 2015. Air strikes against the Houthi Movement and allied Yemeni army forces undertaken by Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners failed to achieve the primary goals of “Decisive Storm”: crushing the Houthis and re-instating President Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. Leading…

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A Case for the “Africa Growth and Opportunity Act”

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By Joseph Webster WASHINGTON — Africa is and should be increasingly important to the United States. There are over 800 million individuals living on the continent. This constitutes a potentially huge consumer market. According to the Standard Bank, Nigeria alone will add approximately 7.6 million additional middle-class households in the next 16 years. Africa may…

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Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Bomb

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By PAUL LEUCK WASHINGTON– Saudi Arabia’s ongoing bombing campaign in Yemen, Operations Decisive Storm and Renewing Hope, highlights a looming contradiction in future American policy toward the Middle East. By forming a coalition including eight other Arab air forces, and gaining American logistical and intelligence support, Saudi Arabia’s Yemen intervention shows how a potential nuclear…

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