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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by / on September 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Chasing Daisies

In the end, Syria will only be able to move on once Assad is gone. Most opposition fighters, extremist or moderate, refuse to consider a future in which Assad rules any part of Syria. Simply put: as long as Assad survives, war will persist. And as long as war persists, extremism will spread.

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by / on September 25, 2013 at 1:52 am / in Opinion, World

Iran’s New Leader

Rouhani’s positive language should be scrutinized and taken seriously if the United States wants to establish greater legitimacy when dealing with the Middle Eastern issues. This may be a fruitful time when the U.S. could achieve its national objectives by carefully inviting Iran through diplomatic means instead of using the power of coercion, which it already has but with no apparent success.

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by / on July 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Amidst Upheaval, a Land of Opportunity

Despite the challenges posed by turbulence since 2011, the monarchy has stood its ground against democratic change, bided its time, and absorbed the punches delivered by regional tumult. Now, the torrent of the Arab Spring has blossomed into a “Saudi Summer” for the al-Saud.

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by / on July 9, 2013 at 11:12 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Egypt’s Uncertain Democracy

Watching these events unfold, I was pleased to see the protests come out in force (easily the largest in the country’s history), and launch historic change in Egyptian politics. But as footage surfaced of tanks rolling down the streets, I couldn’t help but ask myself: was it the right kind of change?

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by / on July 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm / in Kyle Dontoh, Middle East, Opinion, Web Columnists, World

Egypt’s Mexican-Style Coup

The opposition, seeing that the government will fall if they don’t enter into dialogue with it, has steadfastly refused to settle for anything except its total overthrow, which, through their reticence, it would presumably precipitate.

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by / on May 22, 2013 at 12:07 am / in Opinion, World

Down Goes the Great Mosque

It is irrefutable that the destruction of the minaret carries great symbolic meaning, but the longer-term ramifications are less clear.

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by / on April 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm / in Opinion, World

An Inconvenient Choice

The question now is, do we, a country with a per capita GDP 138 times that of the DRC, and a per capita carbon emissions 432 times as high, have a right to expect true environmental cooperation on a global scale?

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by / on April 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm / in Opinion, World

The Lady is Not For Turning

Though policymakers need to evaluate the relationship between the state and the market in the light of the crisis, they must use the key principles that Thatcher espoused as a guiding light, just tempered by a sense of realism and pragmatism.

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