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Rising Tensions over the Weaponization of Ebola An unknown perpetrator stabbed a U.S. federal air marshal with a syringe suspected to contain traces of an Ebola strain in Lagos, Nigeria. International media outlets and health organizations alike expressed concern over potential harvesting of the lethal virus by terrorist organizations for the manufacture of biological weapons. [...]

An Indonesian Spring? President Jokowi and Indonesia’s Democratic Potential

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Remember the Arab Spring? It has been nearly four years since the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor in December 2010 sparked pro-democracy protests that rocked several Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and North Africa. The West widely hailed these spontaneous uprisings as clear calls for democracy and hoped that the protests would generate [...]

Church and State Not So Separate in Ukrainian Crisis

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Historically, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), also known as the Moscow Patriarchate, has been a forceful presence in the politics of the Russian Empire. Today, the church’s political presence remains highly relevant. The roots of the ROC can be traced back to Kiev (now the capital of Ukraine), when Prince Vladimir baptized his people as [...]

No Safe Haven? The Growing Concern over Western Foreign Fighters in Syria

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On September 10, President Obama finally unveiled a plan to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Along with announcing the continuation of airstrikes and the deployment of nearly 500 service members to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces, calling on Congress to grant authorities and resources to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, [...]

Papers Please: The Dalai Lama’s Immigration Issues

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The air in Cape Town this month was rife with controversy as the city prepared to host the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Those invited include Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in poverty-alleviating microfinance theory and Shirin Ebadi, the founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran. The most controversial invitee, however, [...]

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