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Consumer Social Responsibility

Lately the news has been adamantly following what’s been going on in Egypt, and rightfully so. The focus has especially been on social media and how mediums such as Facebook and Twitter enabled the organization  of the movement and the out pour of grievances. However, as we recognize the importance of this occasion we mustn’t forget… Read more »

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An Egyptian Education

After 18 days of demonstrations and revolts by the Egyptian people, President Mubarak’s sudden departure to the swanky, sun-drenched seaside city of Sharm el-Sheikh (popular with European tourists and ex-pats) seems nearly anti-climatic, though certainly preferential to the increasing violent and vitriolic rhetoric during the last days of the revolt. While Mubarak searches for a new… Read more »

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Strengthening the Indo-US Partnership

Obama’s visit to India this week could be considered a watershed moment in the history of the relationship between the two countries.  Business deals worth $10 billion were made, the ban on dual-use technology was lifted, and public laurels were given to India regarding its status as a world power. Today, India’s growth rate is… Read more »

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The Implications of National Narratives

Every state has created narratives which help its citizen to identify with national culture.  These narratives are the foundation on which the state is built.  Domestically, they are a useful political tool. Globally, recognizing national narratives can help one to understand the roots of different cultures. These narratives are generally constructed from two sources.  The… Read more »

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Taking the reins from global civil society?

Is the US flexing its metaphorical muscle in the realm of international affairs and the ‘Global War on Terror’ once again?  In a move that could be viewed as the reassertion of the state’s authority over an increasingly globalized arena and international commons that has more recently allowed in the last decades for the emergence of… Read more »

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Save Darfur Coalition: Model of an effective network

So, I had to read this report by the Save Darfur Coalition for my class this week, Issues in Humanitarian Assistance and Intervention, and although I was already familiar with the Save Darfur Coalition (SDC) I had never considered it through the lens of network theory and in terms of social capital, etc., as we have been doing… Read more »

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Aung San Suu Kyi: A leader is freed

Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader in Burma has been released by the Burmese government, after 15 plus years of house arrest. She serves as a hero to the Burmese community, her party, as well as the remaining 2,200 political prisoners in the country. The release came a week after Burma held its first… Read more »

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Reconstructing the Security Paradigm

What does the security of another state have to do with the security of United States? Increasingly think tanks, policymakers, and academics alike are recognizing the power of “soft power” in developing societies. Or rather, they are recognizing that there is a link between the economic development and empowerment of a society and its overall level… Read more »

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Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Microfinance

Yesterday the CGA had the honor of having Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, come talk to us about microfinance. Zafar, a former World Bank employee, discussed the origins of her organization. At the start of her career, Zafar worked in the Water and Sanitation department of the World Bank, and did not… Read more »