Search Results for "USSR" : 17

by / on February 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

Afghanistan’s Terrible Trajectory

by Karzai (WikiCommons) Much discussion has surrounded the (anticipated) full withdrawal of American troops  from Afghanistan by end of this year. As a staunch critic of the war’s operations and foreign policy objectives, I was beyond happy upon news of what would be the end of this long-fought conflict. Yet, despite my initial excitement, far-ranging issues—such as the still looming and persistent threat from Al-Qaeda, the Af-Pak deb…

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by / on August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Olympics Mean Nothing Politically Anymore

…even actively harm them. Both boycotts involved convoluted diplomatic maneuvering, and neither the U.S. nor the USSR acted alone: in 1980 America rallied Canada, Japan, China, and West Germany, all of which refused to send athletes to Moscow; in ’84 the USSR kept Bulgaria, Mongolia, Vietnam, and East Germany from participating in the games. And these are just recent cases; examples abound from all points in Olympic history and from countries aro…

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by / on June 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm / in Opinion, World

Things Go Better with Coke

by Photos of villagers in Myanmar from Wikimedia Commons A pretty accurate barometer for a country’s international standing is probably how many foreign brands it hosts. I’m not equating material benchmarks with progress, but most Fortune 500 companies will do business in even the most ramshackle and violent of countries. So, it is telling that North Korea (DPRK) and Myanmar belong to one of the world’s most exclusive clubs: Along wit…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:07 am / in Arctic and Antarctic, World

Dire Straits

by Illustrations by Amalia Rinehart Ever since Egypt’s great Pharaonic dynasties and through the successive apogees of Athens, Rome, and Istanbul, the Mediterranean Sea has been at the world’s political center, constantly in the grip of global powers. Thanks to its geographical position, the Mediterranean basin has played a critical role in commercial and cultural exchanges between mighty Asia, old Europe, and the great new world. How…

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by / on April 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm / in Opinion, World

The Lady is Not For Turning

by WikiCommons Margaret Thatcher was a conviction politician, driven by ideas and grounded in her principles. Her unshakeable belief  in economic liberalism and political freedom spread across the world. She oversaw the fall of communism in the USSR while China, India and Latin America opened up their economies and freed up their markets, leading to an era of unprecedented prosperity. Her legacy at home though is quite mixed.   To som…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

A Fresh Order of Domino Theory

by a US foreign policy, domino theory argued that the fall of a nation to communism would trigger and fuel the spread of communism to neighboring nations. The Soviet Empire wished death upon American principles, liberties, and ideals, with a communist backbone rivaling that of Hitler’s fascism. If left unchecked, the Soviet Union could spread across the globe—a string of “falling dominos”— until it isolated its final opposition and unl…

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by / on November 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 11/03 – 11/09

by Monday, November 3rd AgCenter Seminar 2:00pm – 3:00pm Low Memorial Library Burden Room, #206 The Earth Institute’s Agriculture and Food Security Center (AgCenter) presents “Elucidating Sustainable Agroecosystems Across Scales and Disciplines,” with Johan Six, Full Professor, Sustainable Agroecosystems, Department of Environmental System Science, ETH, Zurich. Dr. Six received his PhD in Soil Science in…

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by / on October 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Jockeying for Position

by Pick your poison: Mao and Nixon Recent world events in which the US has been reticent to act have brought China’s possible role as the leader in world politics to the forefront of public discussion. In August of last year, the Assad regime in Syria used chemical weapons (in the form of the nerve agent Sarin) against rebels opposed to his regime. This move symbolized the crossing of what was supposed to be America’s red line, but th…

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by / on April 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm / in Opinion, World

PRC’s Grip over China’s Wild West

by In the beginning of October 1949, the bloody Chinese Civil War was nearing its end, and Mao Zedong had proudly declared the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). With the Nationalists defeated, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could now focus on its aims on fully reuniting the country and instituting socialism. The disastrous effects of the latter aim are well-known. However, the vagueness of this first notion – of fu…

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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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