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Fear, Cynicism and Counterterrorism

This post continues my previous discussion with a look at the vicious cycle of fear and cynicism that often dominates Americans’ thoughts about terrorism, and how the U.S. government can begin to break that cycle.

A Path to Democracy for Egypt?

Following the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt in February 2011 during the Arab Spring, many Egyptians began to look forward to a seemingly bright, democratic future.

Counterterrorism and Military Force

The terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon on April 15 has helped revive many debates in the United States concerning how the American people and their government can best respond to the threat of terror.

Challenging Rape Culture and Environmental Plunder

As I have argued before on the World Buzz, we must confront our globally endemic rape culture in order to curb sexual violence against women. In order to do this, we need to engage in sustained social discourses that challenge patriarchy.

Ten Years Gone: Reflections on Iraq and the Future of Intervention

March 20, 2013 marked the ten-year anniversary of the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. The deaths of 4,804 coalition troops – 93 percent of which were American – and 807.4 billion dollars later, America is a war weary nation.

The UN’s New Tool for Resolving Conflicts

Despite attempts to curb conflict since the end of World War II, the world community, and the United Nations in particular, has been unable to eradicate armed conflict globally, particularly in resource-rich areas.

Challenging Our “Rape Culture”

Sexual violence against women remains a globally endemic problem, as demonstrated by recent high profile cases from Delhi, India to Steubenville, Ohio.

The Eurozone Crisis and the Implications of Resurgent Germanophobia

The sovereign debt crisis that has wracked the Eurozone since 2008 has had obvious and far-reaching effects on the entire European political system.

Revolution Still Underway for Arab Women

The “Arab Spring” is known, among other things, for its achievements in breaking down stereotypes that the world had with respect to Arab women.

Intervention in Syria – Too Little, Too Late?

Intervention by a third party in Syria was plausable before the widespread violence. Would an intervention now be too little or too late?

More Trade: Good for More than Economies

The politics of transatlantic trade are just as important as the economics.

Welcome to the Machine: The Technocracy of Warfare

Modern warfare has taken an increasingly technological turn that removes combatants from the conventional field of battle altogether.

Russia Attempts to Strengthen Its Influence in Ukraine through the Nord Stream's Second Pipeline

Streaming natural gas directly from Russia's Yuzhno-Russkoye field to Germany will allow Russia to significantly reduce its dependence on Ukraine, a major energy transit state, and strengthen Moscow's political leverage over Kiev.

Encouraging Signs from Egypt

A more independent Egyptian foreign policy may be better for the West.

The "Kurdish Industry": Is Global Ethics Possible?

Thinking about the Kurdish issue in terms of universal human rights and democratization.

The U.S. and Russia: Beyond Mutual Suspicion

How closer U.S.-Russian cooperation can make it much easier to solve some of the world's most pressing security problems.

Syria: A Civil War In the Making?

With the number of suspected civilian deaths in Syria reaching 5,000, political scientists and activists are sounding warnings that Syria is on the verge of a civil war. But is civil war inevitable?

Intervention in An Age of Austerity

Even as they cut their military budgets, America and its allies must be prepared to conduct humanitarian interventions in regions of interest.

National Defense Authorization Act 2012: Hypocrisy or Democracy?

Hypocrisy or Democracy? The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 casts a broader net defining a terrorist and creates weariness about America's new counterterrorism policies.

The Prostitution Grey Zone: Can women have both rights and choice?

Prostitution and sex trafficking are on the rise. This would indicate that "solutions" have been ineffective, yet binary options only allow us to negotiate prostitution and sex work within the established social order. When will we break out?