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The ‘Human’ in the Drug Trafficking Equation

The drug cartel narrative is always the same. Whether the issue is the latest escape of the legendary Chapo Guzman, the decommission of tons of marijuana, or the recent discovery of the Mexican government’s collusion in the dirty business of drugs; when we hear about narco trafficking, we are hearing the same lines which have… Read more »

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Negotiating the Middle East: Prospects for Peace

In order to realistically and objectively assess whether there is any prospect for U.S.-Russia cooperation on Middle East Policy we need to acknowledge that there may be diametrically opposed perceived interests and proposed solutions to the problems in the Middle East in order to reconcile our differences. Until now, the U.S. has dominated Middle East… Read more »

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A Conspicuous Absence from Beijing+20

On September 27 more heads of state and government than ever before met in New York City to make commitments to gender equality and women’s rights at the Beijing+20 summit. One country’s leader was conspicuously absent from the 80 heads of state and government who attended the summit meeting though. That leader was President Obama. Instead… Read more »

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Russia: A Vicious Circle

“It seems that Russians forgot the golden rule of economics that competitiveness of their country’s economy depends on stability and predictability, which guarantees best possible conditions for capital investment. Love to Russia alone is not sufficient motivator.” Alexei Kudrin, former finance minister of Russian Federation “Russia’s credit rating dropped to junk level” reads the headline… Read more »

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No One Grid Should Have All That Power

America’s energy needs have outpaced the modern utility, but not because of a rise in demand. Since Thomas Edison built his first power plant on Pearl Street in Manhattan, utilities have existed in a relatively stagnant state of regulated monopolies and vertical integration. However, technological innovations, combined with market forces and public support for increased sustainability… Read more »

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Worst Place in the World to be a Woman?

On June 15th, TrustLaw released a global perception poll of academics, aid professionals, health workers, policy makers, journalists, and development specialists on what in their opinion would be the five most dangerous countries in the world for women. The poll was based upon the levels of discrimination, sexual violence, health, cultural/customary practices, non-sexual violence, and trafficking… Read more »

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Pakistan’s Shifting Political Plates

This is the second in a series of posts leading up to the CGA Scenarios Initiative’s conference on Pakistan in 2020. As we examine Pakistan’s drivers of change–economic and political, internal and external–we’ll continue to update the blog with information on Pakistan’s current conditions, as well as variability for the next decade. Pakistan’s political scene inhabits… Read more »

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Pakistan’s Economic Variables

This is the first in a series of posts leading up to the CGA Scenarios Initiative’s conference on Pakistan in 2020.  As we examine Pakistan’s drivers of change–economic and political, internal and external–we’ll continue to update the blog with information on Pakistan’s current conditions, as well as variability for the next decade.  For more information on the Scenarios… Read more »

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Further Oil Discontent

Oil is yet again negatively affecting the global economy and as prices continue to escalate, the stability of the modest economic recovery is thought to be in jeopardy. After 18 days of protests leading to Hosni Mubarak vacating his post of Egyptian president on February 11th and the uprising in Libya resulting in 100s of… Read more »