Opinion

by / on April 22, 2015 at 8:24 am / in Latin America, Op-Ed, Opinion, World

What Delayed Peru’s Leftist Turn: Neoliberal Policy Stickiness and Sociopolitical Situation

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by / on March 27, 2015 at 9:00 am / in Giovanni E. Pagán, Latin America, Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, Web Columnists, World

Two Wings of the Same Bird

“Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird,” said the Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió in her poem “A Cuba.” In 1895 these words echoed the close bonds and common heritage that the two island-nations shared and had shared for centuries.

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by / on November 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World, World

The Arab World in Historical Perspective

Ideas and ideologies carry large weight, especially if one takes the Arab world in political context. As citizens of the twenty first century, we often overlook the cause of the Arab region’s political distress and tension that seems to be so ubiquitous.

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by / on November 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

So how unique was Sandy?

By highlighting the frequency of significant tropical cyclones striking the New York City region, this article is not meant to reduce the importance of finding solutions as quickly as possible; rather, it is meant to heighten awareness of the special risk that New York City has always faced, but has never fully addressed.

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by / on October 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Why Pakistan Still Matters

One thing is certain: Pakistan is the only state even capable to promoting regional stability. Despite its political maneuvering and manipulation, Pakistan is the most important actor in the peace process.

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by / on October 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm / in Opinion, Web Columnists, World

No Man’s Land

Iraq lacks confidence. Irreversible changes have done more harm than good. New forms of violence may well continue in the future. Iraq’s security is mostly fragile without a concrete method to chase suspected perpetrators, and the result is ongoing civil war—a sort of no man’s land.

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by / on October 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm / in Asia, Kyle Dontoh, Opinion, Web Columnists, World, World

Great Barrier Grief

by For the past few years, Australia’s economy has largely avoided the downturn that other Western economies have experienced. Unemployment peaked at 5.7%, far below the US peak of 10.2% and less than half of the Eurozone peak of 12.1%. Between 2004 and 2009, the economy grew at an average rate of 5.3%– exceptionally strong growth for a developed economy. […]

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by / on October 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

A Vindication of the Rights of Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are therefore necessary to our continued growth. They provide stability and performance where they are needed. We cannot live in a world where the well- being of humanity must be sacrificed.

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by / on October 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm / in Opinion, World

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama Speaks at World Leaders Forum

by For nearly two weeks, Columbia has been hosting international figures in politics, economics, and academia as part of the prestigious World Leaders Forum. This Friday at Low Memorial Library, I received the wonderful opportunity to see and hear Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, speak on contemporary challenges and opportunities facing his country. Formerly Mayor of […]

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by / on September 29, 2013 at 10:44 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Herman Van Rompuy

Appointed in 2009 by the European Union’s then-26 heads of state (there will soon be 28), Van Rompuy is bound to their decisions – a degree of separation between his office and European public opinion that he insisted is good and necessary. But he also spoke of wrestling the Council, which must act unanimously, into consensus. “I’ve stayed in good shape for a man of 66,” he joked.

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