Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Unaccompanied Minor Border Crisis and the Future of the Republican Party

Earlier this year, Congressional Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled “One Year Later, Same Old Party,” in which she explained the reasons why the Republican Party (GOP) had failed to attract and engage minority voters in the time leading up to the 2012 Presidential election. Wasserman Schultz’s analysis centered on the findings from the

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Western Fighters in the Islamic State

The execution of American journalist James Foley this week shocked many around the world. But it wasn’t just the gruesome way he was executed that appalled so many; it was also the fact that his executioner was later identified as a British man. While this isn’t the first time that a Westerner has been identified as fighting alongside the Islamic

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Reassessing the Intervention Brigade in the DRC

In November 2013 one of the main rebel groups fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), M23, surrendered after a year and a h­alf of successful combat against Congolese and United Nations forces. The M23 rebel group had captured the city of Goma earlier in the year and posed a major threat to the international forces that had been

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US Air Action in Iraq: Why Now and Why Not Syria?

This week, the US finally took the gloves off and directly involved itself in the current fighting in Iraq when US warplanes bombed IS (Islamic State) targets near the city of Erbil. The US also airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians fleeing the advance of IS (also commonly referred to as ISIL and ISIS). While the move was welcomed by Iraqi

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Analysis Paper: The Importance of Civil-Military Cooperation in Stability Operations

This analysis paper examines the issues and challenges of civil-military integration and cooperation within stability operations. Recent US deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated ineffective civil-military relations in the various important elements of stability operations that require cooperation such as improving security through the deployment of military and police forces, ensuring effective humanitarian relief, and finally improving capacity-building in

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Off-Ramp for Russia

Last week the United States and the European Union announced new sanctions targeting Russia’s financial industry, energy sector, and the trade of dual use technologies. As a response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the EU has rallied behind the United States’ previous efforts with these more expansive and hard-hitting sanctions. Earlier rounds of sanctions focused on specific

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Anti-Gay Legislation in Africa: A Closer Look

A three-day summit of more than 40 African leaders with the United States kicked off this week in Washington, and human rights activists are pressing the Obama administration to take this opportunity to address the rights of LGBT people. Out of the 76 countries in the world with explicit anti-gay laws (to put that into perspective, those 76 countries represent

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