International Affairs - Page 2

Including global politics, diplomacy, international conflicts, and relations between countries. This can also include coverage of specific regions like Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.

International System’s Continuity

December 21, 2023
The international system is like a turbulent sea. Each ship on it can be thought of as Noah's Ark. It is crucial that these ships are built to withstand the waves. I'm not talking about overcoming the waves, but about the construction and characteristics of the ship. These ships are the nations themselves. The formation of nations depends on a system. The system embodies certain understandings and is distinguished by its high value. It's essential to navigate through the turbulent or dark seas without getting lost, sinking, or colliding. These ships have their leaders. Each one should be like Noah.
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Ukraine Strategy

December 18, 2023
With only a few days left until 2024, the world has once again turned its attention to the Ukrainian front. Articles by some experts have been published, and various writings on Russia's economy have begun to appear in think tanks and global media. President Zelensky's trip to America took place, reminding us of the aid the U.S. has provided and could provide to Ukraine, ultimately admitting that there is a stagnation at the front. The key question now is whether the political will in both the U.S. and Europe to continue military and economic support to Ukraine is starting to wane, whether a new strategy will be implemented, how the Ukrainian people will adapt to this new strategy, how the Kremlin will approach it, and whether all these perspectives can be considered in preparation for a ceasefire.
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Propaganda of Dugin

December 18, 2023
Dugin is a figure who strives to find global support for Russia's political goals intermingled with philosophy. He may be a source for Putin and other names in the Kremlin, but this effort seems far from credible and trustworthy.
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Knowing the Strategy

December 18, 2023
I would like to think that the importance of strategy is understood. The Cold War was different, and what came after is even more so... What haven't we experienced in these processes! What else can happen? My special effort is to move forward with institutional structures, and in this sense, any shortcomings should be addressed.
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Kerry meets Petro Poroshenko February_2015

The Tragedy of Western Triumphalism in Ukraine

February 8, 2016
A report by the British House of Lords chaired by Lord Tugendhat concluded that Europe sleepwalked into the conflict in Ukraine through a catastrophic misreading of the mood in the run-up to the crisis. As the report rightly indicated, there is good reason to question the institutional thinking within the Western political elite. Despite President Petro Poroshenko’s initial grandstanding, the needless suffering of Ukrainian people of all political stripes further confounds the logic of the West’s triumphalist attitude going into Ukraine.
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Chinese economic trouble

Moves to a Service-Based Economy is Likely China’s Catch-22

November 10, 2015
The achievements of President Xi Jinping’s short duration in Britain are the first steps of what China hopes to be the path to becoming a fully-developed country. Proclaimed a “golden era” in relations between the two nations by Prime Minister David Cameron, China views Britain as a “great platform from which China can go global,” according to head of Chatham House’s Robin Niblett. Indeed, as China seeks to shift its economy from an export-based to a service-based economy and to propel the yuan into an internationally-traded currency that could potentially rival the dollar, yen, and Euro, access to Britain’s financial markets
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Vise grad Group Meeting Prague

Poland Shocks The Visegrad Group: An Uncertain Future For The V4

The Visegrad Group (V4) made up of Poland, Slovakia, The Czech Republic and Hungary are an often overlooked bloc of Central European powers. Originally a “triangle” of Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary created in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the now four members (after 1993) of the Visegrad Group have worked together with various degrees of closeness and success. Originally set with the task of developing capitalist and democratic institutions in the post-Soviet era, the largely informal meetings between the V4 countries helped achieve remarkable results for countries who had until then stagnated under the Soviet system. Following
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UN security council

Do Economic Sanctions Work? The Answer is Still No.

September 8, 2015
With the seeming success of sanctions in Iran and the end of similar measures against Cuba, the debate on the efficacy of sanctions looks to begin anew. Economic sanctions have long been the preferred tool for the US government for a variety of reasons stretching back to the Cold War, where the US imposed economic sanctions against a variety of Communist-leaning countries around the world. The track result however, as scholars like Robert A. Pape point out, has been mixed at best. Sanctions against Latin American countries failed to directly be responsible for desired changes and appear to have more
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John Kerry Iran Foreign Minister

One Step Forward, No Steps Back: Changing the U.S.-Iranian Relationship

On July 14, 2015, after endless hours of tense negotiations, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCAP) was unveiled to the world.  In the United States, it was hailed as a victory for the non-proliferation regime while others expressed frustration at the number of capitulations the U.S. had made. But the more optimistic supporters of the deal celebrated the rapprochement and suggested a possibility for closer American-Iranian ties. Unfortunately, mere days after the conclusion of the agreement, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Khomeini, Supreme Leader of Iran, squashed any hopes of more cooperation. Sumitha Kutty, an Associate Research Fellow at the S.
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