Revolution Square One: Egypt Three Years On

February 11, 2014

Egyptian revolutionaries face an upward battle against the tides of the establishment. With the world watching, Egypt’s long-time intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced the departure of Hosni Mubarak from his presidential throne on February 11, 2011. The epic eruption of cheers, tears,...

Unilateral Economic Sanctions Against Iran: Unexpected Implications (Part 2/2)

May 21, 2013

The international sanctions against Iran have been effective. However, they also made the Iranian elite more practical and cynical by teaching it how to survive under external economic pressure. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one. In spite of existing sanctions, Iran keeps on...

No Change After Iran’s Presidential Elections

May 11, 2013

Despite the importance attached to the upcoming presidential elections, when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, there will be no change at the negotiating table. On April 18, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked senators pressing for tougher sanctions over Iran's nuclear program to be...

Purple America – The Best Election Maps

November 12, 2012

For all the talk of red states and blue states, much of America is really purple. That simple observation has inspired some great alternatives to the standard red and blue maps depicting electoral outcomes. Princeton’s Robert Vanderbei, for example, has created an animation that makes three...

Divide and Be Conquered

November 12, 2012

The South Korean presidential election is taking place on December 19. Since the independent candidate Ahn Cheol-soo entered the electoral campaign, the power constellations have changed. After months of speculation, on September 19, Ahn Cheol-soo entered the race as an independent candidate to...

Obligation to Speak

November 06, 2012

Non-compulsory voting has got to end. It is probably contrary to everything you have been told but it is true and it is time we recognized it.  The US has got to stop allowing potential voters to stay at home while others attend the ballot box and perform their civic duty and vote. Not voting...

Elections 2012: Why the Economy Might Not Matter

November 05, 2012

As the US election day dawns, history suggests that the issues debated in a presidential campaign will not be ones that are most important to the next president. As US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld famously identified one category of risks in Iraq as "unknown unknowns" – those things...

The Relevance of the US-Presidential Election for Indonesia: A Pre-Election Analysis (Part 1)

November 05, 2012

For Indonesia, the outcome of the American presidential election in November 2012 will be of great importance. This article will outline the most important contemporary matters of interest in the Indonesian-American relationship from a pre-election perspective. On November 6th 2012, the people...

Reality Check – The Impact of a Romney Victory on Europe

November 04, 2012

A Romney presidency will signal a re-evaluation of the relationship between Moscow and Washington, a strong commitment to Israel and a continuing push for the European powers to increase NATO’s defense spending. The final countdown to the US presidential election has started and with it...

Obama vs. Romney: Whom Would Putin Pick?

November 01, 2012

A re-elected Barack Obama, despite his support for Russia's WTO membership, the signing of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and his overlooking of the Kremlin’s crackdown on the opposition, may not really be preferred by Russia's leaders over Mitt Romney. By Lilia...

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