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Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Importance of the State

Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is routinely described as a “global” threat that has transformed our world into a “global village” in which no state is secure unless a cosmopolitan and borderless vision of security is adopted. Such perspectives argue that there is a need for “global answers” …

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The Ranking of 190 Countries on Ease of Doing Business

Since the last couple of decades, countries have been ranked on ‘ease of doing business’ as a good measure to know which country is easy and receptive with procedures to attract international enterprises, especially now when billion remote members of the highly talented gig economy seeking residency in …

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The U.S. Burden-Sharing Dilemma

Brian Blankenship Across numerous administrations, the need for allied burden-sharing has been a constant refrain in U.S. foreign policy. A recent US president once complained that Washington’s allies do not pay their fair share for defense. “Free riders aggravate me,” he stated bitterly. “You have to pay your …

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Three Sahelian Interim Military Leaders Sign Security Pact

Kester Klomegah Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have taken an admirable strategic step by signing a trilateral security pact in collective efforts to battle extremism and terrorism threats in the Sahel region. It is an opportunity, especially at this critical moment, to work relentlessly for peace and tranquillity, …

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Time to Clarify What African Leaders Want from Russia

From various interpretations, Russia is taking advantage of the past Soviet-era connections, Africa’s growing dissatisfaction and disappointment with the Western world, but its economic influence remains marginal compared to other key foreign players. Despite the fact that Western and European are experiencing falling influence, they are still far …

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Sky Is The Limit For Middle Power Diplomacy

Roman Vassilenko During a recent visit to Astana, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly marvelled at the vast sky above the Kazakh Steppe. I thought this was an apt allegory for the limitless potential for our cooperation and engagement with the world. With a rich history and strategic location …

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How BRICS Is Coming Together to Challenge the U.S. Dollar

Meanwhile the downfall for us dollar remains work in progress. The US dollar is continuously facing backlash. Now Russia thinks that BRICS should do more. It has floated the idea of common currency. The first indication came in January when Russian foreign minister has issued the statement in …

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The Trump Doctrine: Peace Through Unrestrained Strength

That, perhaps more than anything else, is how Trump kept Americans safe without starting a war. Less than a month after entering the White House in 2017, President Donald Trump flew to Dover Air Force Base to attend the dignified transfer ceremony for Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” …

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Future of Humanity and Artificial Intelligence: A Panacea or a Frankenstein Monster?

Rameem Siddiqui An Open letter is being called for that emphasizes putting a 6-month pause on ‘giant AI experiments’ attracting the signatures from the likes of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, author and political scientist Yuval Noah Harari advocating for a 6-month moratorium to give …

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