• South Africa’s Elections: Is the ANC in Trouble?

    South Africa’s Elections: Is the ANC in Trouble?

    By: Jon Wilson While this May’s elections in South Africa mark 20 years since the Rainbow Nation fully dismantled apartheid, the country still appears divided as minor political parties try to siphon enough votes from the African National Congress (ANC), the current ruling political party. Unlike most parliamentary governments, South Africa has one executive in the form of a president, […]

  • OPINION: A Gardner to Pull Out the Weeds

    OPINION: A Gardner to Pull Out the Weeds

    By: Rob Oldham I received my absentee ballot for Georgia’s Republican Primary today. The election that most interests me is the race for Saxby Chambliss’s open Senate seat.  How original of me, right? The winner of the Republican Primary (voting begins May 20) will more than likely face the surprisingly strong Democrat Michelle Nunn, whose fundraising ability and appeal to […]

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    Why China Owns Our Debt

    By: William Robinson China is the world’s largest owner of the U.S. government’s debt, holding $1.273 trillion worth of U.S. Treasury securities as of February 2014. As a result, many pundits, policymakers, and analysts fear that these holdings give China leverage over U.S. policymaking, as this 2010 commercial by Citizens Against Government Waste hyperbolically suggests. Others forecast a doomsday scenario […]

  • ERA: The 100 Year Battle

    ERA: The 100 Year Battle

    By: Hannah Turner  While speaking in Portland, Ore. earlier this month, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared her desire to add a constitutional amendment that guarantees equal rights for women. I disagree. Now, allow me to assuage your potential shock. I am a declared feminist in the sense that I believe in the deserved equality of men and women. […]

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    Can a New Technology Really Transform India?

    By: Kathleen Wilson Approximately 1.27 billion people, comprising almost 17 percentof the world’s population, live in the Republic of India. The World Bank estimates that approximately 30 percent of India’s population falls below the poverty line of $1.25 per day; however, other economists project this poverty rate to be closer to 67 percent when measured with a poverty line adjusted […]

  • Sam Nunn, the Armed Services Committee, and Georgia’s Senate Race

    Sam Nunn, the Armed Services Committee, and Georgia’s Senate Race

    By: Max Wallace The 2014 Georgia Senate race is about as riveting as electoral politics can get. Incumbents enjoy a re-election rate that exceeds 90 percent, so Senator Chambliss’s retirement has presented a rare opportunity for America’s elite to climb the Capitol Hill career ladder without having to worry about dealing with a current office holder.  The allure of an […]

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    Brazil: Love It, Leave It, or Change It

    By: Chris Lewitzke Over the past 12 months, Brazil’s golden image of sunny beaches, beautiful people, and a prospering economy has faded away. Now, news stories mention Brazil in the context of protests, missed building deadlines, and slowed economic growth. For many Americans, these stories are their first exposure to the intricate and difficult problems that have faced Brazil for […]

  • Strange Bedfellows: Is the United Kingdom Too Close to Russia to Impose Sanctions?

    Strange Bedfellows: Is the United Kingdom Too Close to Russia to Impose Sanctions?

    By: Eli Scott “We need to be willing to harm ourselves to harm Russia. We’re long past the point where Western financial centers should be enabling Russian kleptocrats. But that’s undoubtedly what’s happening.” The above statement came from Andrew Foxall, a director of Russian studies at the Henry Jackson Society in reference to the United Kingdom’s unwillingness to impose harsh […]

  • The Game of Sticks and Carrots: A North Korean Story

    The Game of Sticks and Carrots: A North Korean Story

    By: Katie Crow On March 28, President Park, the president of South Korea, went to Dresden, Germany, where she received an honorary doctorate degree in law. During her acceptance speech, she delivered a three-point plan to North Korea. The plan was designed to encourage co-prosperity, cooperation, and even eventual hopes of potential reunification as South Koreans and North Koreans “recover […]

  • (Un)reality Television

    (Un)reality Television

    By: Chenee Tracey “You’re going to Hollywood!” Cut to the excited “American Idol” contestant who has just discovered she has advanced to the next round. She hasn’t even performed in front of the judges. Instead, the show’s producers decided she could advance to the next level. Reality shows are designed to be entertaining. Cameramen follow reality television subjects with hopes […]

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