Turkey’s Invasion of Afrin: Erdogan’s Newest Betrayal of NATO

After the 2016 attempted coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has simultaneously tightened his control over the country while moving it away from its NATO allies. Turkey has blamed the United States for supporting or even orchestrating the coup after US Central Command’s General Votel stated his concern over Erdogan’s silencing of dissidents, while others have claimed that Erdogan may have staged the coup himself in order to justify his attempts at obtaining more power. Since the coup at...
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Avoiding the Revisionist Trap: A Look at Fidel Castro’s Legacy

It is extraordinarily rare that one gets to reflect on the life of a figure who has fundamentally altered the course of world history, and the death of Fidel Castro is one such occasion. Castro was one of the last living reminders of an era marked by the unending battle between Capitalism and Communism – he stood as the leader of a country that plagued American foreign policy and placated our enemies for decades. He also led a regime that victimized its own people and spent fifty years at the he...
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Baghdad Green Zone Breach Highlights Deeper Sectarian Concerns

In the Iraqi capital, the “Green Zone” has been considered a relatively safe haven from the chaos and turmoil that have plagued the nation since the US invasion in 2003. Sectarian violence has been a staple of Baghdadi life as Sunni and Shiite factions vie for control over Iraq’s government. Early Saturday, an ISIS car bomb went off just east of the capital, killing 21 and wounding at least 42 others. The Sunni terrorist group was reportedly targeting Shiite pilgrims travelling to holy sites ...
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Let’s Talk Turkey: The Real Problem Brewing in Syria

While American foreign policy pundits are focused on ISIS as the toxic byproduct of four years of the Syrian Civil War, there is a much more important issue developing. As more international actors join the fray in Syria, tensions between some of the world’s largest militaries are escalating at an alarming rate. On one hand, we have the Russia/Iran axis that has been supporting the Assad regime since long before the outbreak of Civil War. The introduction of Russian ground and air forces (alo...
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Russian Incursions Into Georgia: The Next Crimea?

Last week, VICE News released a video chronicling a crucial and disturbing development in central Georgia. Russian-backed forces in the semi-autonomous Georgian province of South Ossetia have been slowly pushing the border with Georgia out by up to one kilometer. This has been enforced with barbed-wire fences, signs indicating a “state border,” and strict policing. Dozens of Georgians have been arrested for attempting to cross the border, and Russian policing of the area has been strict and effe...
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Destroying the Islamic State: Answering the Boots on the Ground Question

Given President Barack Obama’s decision not to follow through with his “red line” after the Syrian regime’s sarin gas attack against rebel neighborhoods on August 21, 2013, it is difficult to believe any promises made by him regarding international affairs. On September 17th President Obama stated that “the American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.” Assuming that this is a credible statement, the United States will not have any sort of troops, inc...
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Typhoon Haiyan: Women and Natural Disasters

On November 8, 2013, one of the strongest storms ever recorded at landfall struck the Philippines, killing thousands of people and displacing millions. Just five days after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines, accounts of rape began to surface. Violeta Duzar, a survivor from Tacloban City, reported, “It’s the criminals who escaped from prison. They’re raping the women. Tacloban is a dead city.”[1]Her testimony is an example of a tragedy surrounding natural disasters that isn’t wi...
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Cross the Taiwan Strait – Interview with Richard Bush

Richard Bush is the Director of Center for East Asia Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution. He has served in the executive and legislative branches of U. S. government for 19 years, including Chairman of the board of the American Institute in Taiwan (1997-2002) and National Intelligence Officer for East Asia. Dr. Bush is still active in observing criticism about the international affairs in East Asia and published his new book Uncharted Strait this year. The Consul is honored to have Dr. B...
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The Rule of Law in China – Interview with Cheng Li

Cheng Li is Research Director at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, and a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Focusing on the transformation of political leaders, generational change and technological development, Dr. Li has advised a wide range of government, business and non-profit organizations on working in China. The Consul is honored to have Dr. Li share his opinions the rule of law and constitutionalism in China. This is one of the thre...
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To Invest in or to Ignore. That is the question.

If you have faith purely in market forces and have been looking for a currency free from political whimsy, regulatory bodies or human error, Bitcoin may be what you’re looking for. The digital crypto-currency now four years old has become increasingly popular since its rapid rise and fall in value this past April. Suddenly cast into the limelight of financial news, becoming the subject of much social media buzz, Bitcoin is now being introduced to more casual investors who find themselves scratch...
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