The US Viewed From Abroad

April 08, 2021

Africa: Tackling Illicit Outflows

March 09, 2014

Tax-free havens threaten the global economy. As far back as the early stages of the global financial crisis in 2007, Nick Mathiason citing the African Union (AU) reported: "More than $150 billion a year is looted from Africa through tax avoidance by giant corporations and capital flight using 'a...

US-Iran Relations: Changing the Discourse

December 19, 2013

The time is ripe for restructuring American discourse on Iran. The landmark interim accord between the P5+1 and Iran has generated a storm of speculation. Critics have voiced outrage, echoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s claim that the agreement marks a “historic...

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom? (Part 1/2)

October 15, 2013

Tunisia struggles to define who the bearer of national legitimacy is. This is the first of a two part series. Tunisia is currently experiencing an intense hyperbolization of political sentiment. The glorification of the flag originates from multiple factors. Since the first demonstrations...

Zimbabwe: The Road to Stability?

August 20, 2013

How will Mugabe’s re-election impact relations with South Africa? By Michael Kahn Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won a seventh term as leader of the government of Zimbabwe. In polls on July 31, ZANU-PF received around 61% of the...

Zimbabwe: Diamonds Are Worth More Than Democracy

July 31, 2013

Whether Zimbabwe's elections are free and fair matters little for the international community. Amid the hand wringing from the outside world over how free and fair Zimbabwe's elections will be, one uncomfortable question lingers. Does it really matter? Yes, 1 million dead voters...

Made in China, Bangladesh or America?

October 25, 2012

The belief that socially responsible low-cost country apparel production can be realized on a broad scale is almost dead. Even big firms struggle to ensure that manufacturing in China and Bangladesh meets minimal social standards and might very well end up back where they came from:...

The Chavez World Vision

October 22, 2012

Chavez has used his personal charisma backed by generous aid spending to build an anti-empire to counter the US in its crusade for free trade.  But though he is ideologically opposed to the US economic system, he is realistically reliant on its power.  Upon meeting the President of the...