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Rio’s Men in Black

“Loyalty, fearlessness, integrity!” chant the men of Rio de Janeiro’s Elite Squad in their dub step-laden promotional YouTube video. The Special Operations Battalion (BOPE in Portuguese) has been at the frontline of Rio de Janeiro’s struggle to clean up the…

The Future of the Millennium Development Goals

In order to develop a more efficient and legitimate approach towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, coordination is required. Accordingly, this report will outline a two-fold approach that will facilitate international cooperation and reconcile the tension between inter-governmentalism and transnationalism.[1]…

Ho Chi Minh’s Dream at History’s End

Since the end of the Cold War, most people assume that, with exception of North Korea, the ex-Communist world has done just fine. The wave of economic liberalism that swept most of the remaining Communist states in the late stages…

After Nasser, Nasser?

On the 3rd of July 2013, after a series of large protests across the country, the first democratically elected president of Egypt was deposed by the military. By some, this was understood as the bitter end to the Egyptian population’s…

The Case for Chinese Democracy

It was over 100 years ago that Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a pivotal figure in the 1911 revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty and saw the establishment of the Republic of China, said about democracy to the Chinese people: “This world…

South Africa’s Complex Youth

As some conventions might suggest, political parties and the state have, for quite some time, considered themselves to reign supreme over South Africa’s youth. This might be changing as the youth demographic has become diverse; in politics, attitudes (as polls…

Three Brothers: The Pakistan-Afghanistan-India Rivalry

Pakistani-Afghan relations are a “complex and complicated nexus”[1] that have produced seemingly self-defeating Pakistani policies. Why has Pakistan chosen to support the Afghan Taliban, and why has it continued to do so despite the risk of perpetuating its own instability?…