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  • A Chance for Peace in Ukraine?
    by Dominik P. Jankowski on February 19, 2018 at 10:30 am

    The proposed UN peacekeeping mission to Ukraine needs a combination of Western sticks and carrots. Diplomacy is not enough. The post A Chance for Peace in Ukraine? appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • North Korea, Iran, and the Nuclear Posture Review
    by FPA Administrator on February 16, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Recently, the Trump Administration decided against nominating Victor D. Cha as Ambassador to South Korea due to his opposition to the “bloody nose” strategy against North Korea advocated by the White House. On the heels of this report, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood declared that North Korea ... The post North Korea, Iran, and the Nuclear Posture Review appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Warnings Issued on Travel to Cuba
    by Gary Sands on February 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

    The United States Embassy in Havana in October.  CreditYamil Lage/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images On January 9, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson opened a formal inquiry into mysterious “sonic attacks” purportedly damaging the health of U.S. diplomatic personnel stationed at the American Embassy in Cuba.  The first reports surfaced in ... The post Warnings Issued on Travel to Cuba appeared first on […]

  • When Sanctions are Not Enough
    by Richard Basas on February 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    International banking has always been subject to laws and rules that apply where their head offices operate as well as via international rules and standards. For an international law to apply, it often has to be codified within a country, as even if the law is accepted and applied through ... The post When Sanctions are Not Enough appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Sheikh Hasina: An Emerging Dictator
    by Rachel Avraham on February 13, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Ever since the 2014 sham elections in Bangladesh, it was a huge question mark whether Sheikh Hasina could still be considered a ruler of a democratic country or not. However, recent events have demonstrated that Sheikh Hasina is in fact no democrat but rather is an emerging Asian dictator ... The post Sheikh Hasina: An Emerging Dictator appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • The importance of the FARC’s 2018 political campaign
    by FPA Administrator on February 8, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    On January 27, Rodrigo Londoño began his campaign for president of Colombia. Will this move help the FARC achieve greater acceptance and further the peace process, despite the unlikelihood of a political victory? Rodrigo Londoño is the leader of the FARC, which, in September 2017 became a political party in ... The post The importance of the FARC’s 2018 political campaign appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Can the Balkans get serious about tackling crime?
    by James Nadeau on February 7, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    The New Year didn’t bring any respite for Albania’s beleaguered government as January saw the renewal of public protests with tens of thousands descending on capital Tirana, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama over his alleged links to organized crime. The leader of the ruling Socialist Party ... The post Can the Balkans get serious about tackling crime? appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Under the Radar: Ethiopia’s economic growth offers opportunities and challenges
    by FPA Administrator on February 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Not many may know that Ethiopia was among the first countries to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF) when the latter was formed on 27 December 1945.  Nevertheless, it took another 72 years for Ethiopia to welcome its first visit from the IMF Managing Director, in this case, Christine Lagarde who ... The post Under the Radar: Ethiopia’s economic growth offers opportunities and challenges appeared first on Foreign Policy […]

  • Cape Town Awaits “Day Zero”
    by Oliver Barrett on February 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Picture from City of Cape Town. (Source: Alberton Record) Cape Town, South Africa (a city of four million people) is at a dangerous inflection point. National Public Radio (NPR) reports that South Africa’s second main economic driver and Africa’s third main economic hub city could be the first major city ... The post Cape Town Awaits “Day Zero” appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Voce Abusou: Corruption as a Permanent Impairment to Society
    by Richard Basas on February 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    A well known song from Antonio Carlos e Jocafi could easily run though someone’s mind when reading about corruption in their native Brazil. Voce abusou, or You abuse me is how many citizens feel when members from political parties or elite members of a society take advantage of the public ... The post Voce Abusou: Corruption as a Permanent Impairment to Society appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • India looks east, but is it ready to act?
    by FPA Administrator on January 31, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    As Narendra Modi welcomes ASEAN leaders, can he balance non-interventionism with his desire for Indian strategic partnerships with ASEAN? India can still present itself as a credible counterweight to China, but not without embracing international norms of accountability. Looking east The 26 January marked India’s 69th Republic Day. New Delhi welcomed all ... The post India looks east, but is it ready to act? appeared first on […]

  • The Ailing Muslim Conscience: It’s time to reclaim the Islam of inclusivity
    by Abukar Arman on January 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Volcanic schism dominates the landscape in the Islamic world. Sectarian civil wars rage in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Yemen is the worst humanitarian disaster in the world as a result of a ruthless war campaign spearheaded by Saudi Arabia—a nation that, ironically, carries the Islamic declaration of ... The post The Ailing Muslim Conscience: It’s time to reclaim the Islam of inclusivity appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • The Week Ahead: 28 January-3 February 2018
    by FPA Administrator on January 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Trump’s State of the Union. Turkey intensifies operations in Syria. Merkel mends her coalition. All this in The Week Ahead. UNITED STATES: Trump’s State of the Union: President Trump will present his State of the Union Address to Congress this Tuesday, following a rough week that included a government shutdown, controversy ... The post The Week Ahead: 28 January-3 February 2018 appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • Price-fixing can only worsen the crisis in Venezuela
    by FPA Administrator on January 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Venezuela is closer than ever to a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with its population being unable to satisfy dietary requirements amidst a climate of hyperinflation and collapse of national productivity. The government, instead of formulating a clear exit strategy, is forcing supermarkets and consumer goods manufacturers to cut prices at ... The post Price-fixing can only worsen the crisis in Venezuela appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

  • No end in sight for conflict in Eastern Ukraine
    by FPA Administrator on January 24, 2018 at 10:30 am

    The last year has seen a period of deadlock in Eastern Ukraine. As the armed conflict continues into 2018 amid fruitless attempts to reach a stable ceasefire, should we expect a flare-up in the Donbass region? Permanent ceasefire remains beyond reach The progress on Minsk II – the key agreement that ... The post No end in sight for conflict in Eastern Ukraine appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs. […]

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