Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Northern Ireland: Can Peace Hold?

A tall task faces US negotiator Gary Hart in his efforts to maintain relative tranquility in Northern Ireland.  Buffeted by myriad forms of conflict in the past eighteen months, the region’s peace has remained in place, if not securely so.  While matters concerning ethno-national parades and flags rank high on Mr. Hart’s docket, they are…

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Podemos: Spain’s Communist Party?

Over the last few months the dramatic rise of a nascent radical left wing political party in Spain, Podemos (literally “we can”), threatens to upend the dual party status quo that has existed since the end of Franco’s dictatorship in 1975. Five months after the party’s launch it managed to capture 8% of the vote…

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Burkina Faso: The (In)Significant Coup

West Africa often makes international headlines, rarely with positive news. Recent stories include: French intervention in Mali following a coup and a separatist conflict; the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria; oil theft and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta; piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea; civil war in Côte d’Ivoire; and…

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Staying the Course Against ISIL

“Well… Because it’s not your business or my business, […] or [for] anybody else to interfere in other people’s countries and tell them how to run it, even to run it well. They must be left to their own salvation.” Sir John Shaw, British Chief Secretary of Palestine in the 1940’s Despite repeated rhetoric blunders,…

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Tunisia: A Triumph for Democracy

TUNISIANS went to the polls for the second time since the revolution in January 2011, to elect their parliamentary representatives. Tunisians voters decided: The party Nidaa Tounes (“Tunisian call”) won the parliamentary election, unseating the Islamist Enanhdha (“Awakening”), who three years ago, won a relative majority and formed a government with the Congress for the Republic…

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Ebola’s Rippling Consequences

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the latest numbers: 4,922 deaths due to Ebola as of October 23, 2014. This number reflects nearly half of the known cases – 49% to be exact – in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, United States, and Spain with 99.7% of the confirmed deaths from Liberia, Guinea…

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A Single Global Market for Labor

By Willy Shih, Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration One of the dominant features of the global competitive environment is the growth of the tradable sector, those portions of an economy where the outputs are traded internationally. Technology has long powered the growth of tradability, from the railroads and steamships of the 19th…

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