Search Results for ""United Kingdom"" : 23

by / on May 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Europe, World

Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

…alition government’s deep budget cuts, its core capabilities were eroding. Scottish independence would force the United Kingdom to reevaluate its status as a nuclear power, and more importantly, it would likely involve a major reorganization of the British military, since at least some of its units and hardware would presumably be transferred to the new Scottish state. The United Kingdom’s defense establishment, like that of the United States, is…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Arctic and Antarctic, Cover Story, Domestic, Environmental, National Security, World

Diplomacy on Ice

by Illustration by Kaela Chambers Antarctica is home to more than emperor penguins and a few dozen humans with science citizenship barricaded in small hermetic bases. It is also host to an estimated 200 billion barrels of hydrocarbons, alongside large quantities of gold, silver, uranium, and many other rare metals underneath a pristine ice cap still virgin of commercial exploitation. Securing a territory with such a rich underground,…

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by / on May 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Interview

Interview with President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves

…dation’s and Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom, Estonia is ranked 8th, ahead of the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. On the Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, Estonia ranks 11th, ahead of the United Kingdom and United States. Economically, Estonia’s GDP, based on purchasing power parity, already ranks a middling 42nd in the world. In nominal terms, by 2012 Estonia had a GNP per capita that placed it ahead of…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:18 am / in Domestic, Education

Teaching the A Team

by In recent decades, the United States has made it a priority to improve American education by “guaranteeing proficiency”—that is, bringing everyone up to par. President Lyndon Johnson’s Head Start Program, President George H.W. Bush’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and, most notably, the No Child Left Behind Act of President George W. Bush have exemplified this egalitarian ethos. These programs have resulted in million…

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by / on July 30, 2012 at 4:07 am / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Mitt Romney Can’t Conquer the World

by from Wikimedia Commons Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s trip to the United Kingdom received heightened media coverage after he told NBC’s Brian Williams, “There are a few things that were disconcerting.  The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials…that obviously is not something which is encouraging.” Romney’s critical commentary on the L…

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by / on March 28, 2015 at 1:06 am / in Campus, Events, Uncategorized

Events 03/30-04/03

by Monday, Mar 30th Roundtable Discussion on the Proposal for an International Anti-Corruption Court Monday, March 30, 2015 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm Columbia University Morningside Campus William and June Warren Hall Room 101 By invitation only. This event will bring together academics, legal experts and policy makers to discuss the case for the establishment of an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC) proposed by Senior Unit…

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by / on March 4, 2014 at 1:24 am / in Kyle Dontoh, Web Columnists

In Ukraine, Two Disparate Futures of Geopolitics

by   By all accounts, the Ukrainian Crisis should not be happening. Whether it be through the assurances given by Russia in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 to respect Ukraine’s “territorial integrity”, the clear and sharp detrimental economic effects that Russia would be (and is now) incurring, or the general idea of an age where interstate war has been consigned […]

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:18 am / in Europe, Uncategorized, World

The Christian Right Angle

by by Mikhail Klimentov Out of the exponential growth of the European extreme right has emerged a new archetype – the intractable and furious Islamophobe. The Islamophobe cares about one issue only: immigration. Afraid of economic competition and cultural dilution, the Islamophobe reacts with violence, hatred, and bigotry. In the press this individual becomes “anti-immigrant,” “anti-Muslim,” a “right-wing racist,” or merely someone wh…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:13 am / in Europe, World

The Irish Curtain

by On December 3, 2012, the Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland voted to stop flying the British flag daily over its Victorian-style city hall building, ending a 106-year old tradition. Instead, the flag would be flown 18 days a year to correspond with specific occasions. Seeing this decision as an act of Irish Republican aggression, Pro-British Unionists rioted, attacking police officers with Molotov cocktails and setting fire t…

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by / on September 28, 2014 at 11:41 am / in Europe, Web Columnists, World

World Leaders Forum: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

by Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, speaks in Dublin in March, 2014. via Flickr/Tennisace101 Provost John Coatsworth introduced Her Excellency, Elna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, in part by distinguishing Norway from other oil-rich countries. Coatsworth said that Norway has invested its significant profits from oil back in the country, instead of spending them or allocating them solely to the rich. The result has been a co…

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