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From Democratic Republic of Germany to Republic of Germans: Anti-refugee Sentiment in East Germany
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From Democratic Republic of Germany to Republic of Germans: Anti-refugee Sentiment in East Germany

On August 26th, 2018, Chemnitz, a city in Saxony, Germany, was convulsed by large-scale xenophobic riots following the arrest of...
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A look at Saudi Arabia in light of recent events and moving forward
MENA Rise to Peace blog United States

A look at Saudi Arabia in light of recent events and moving forward

Last Monday I attended the Inaugural Annual Gulf International Conference in Washington D.C. where Saudi-American journalist Jamal Khashoggi was scheduled to speak...
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Can Colombia Legitimize its Coca Trade?
Latin America Rise to Peace blog

Can Colombia Legitimize its Coca Trade?

For the past century, Colombia has been embroiled in an intense war on drugs which has created a steady state...
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A Brief History of Soviet Support for Terrorism
EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA Rise to Peace blog

A Brief History of Soviet Support for Terrorism

The reign of terror the Soviet Union inflicted upon its citizens is well-documented, but what’s less well-known is the impact...
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Muslim Democracy
MENA Rise to Peace blog

Muslim Democracy

While the term contains the word Muslim, Muslim democracy seeks neither to reform or build theocracies, but rather to incorporate Islamic ideals...
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Venezuela and the Predicament of Rentier States
Latin America Rise to Peace blog

Venezuela and the Predicament of Rentier States

Much is said about Venezuela and its current state, but often in isolation from processes occurring in other Latin American countries...
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The Heirs of Enver-The Grey Wolves
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The Heirs of Enver-The Grey Wolves

On October 9th, 2018, legislation was introduced into the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) to ban the display of the hand...
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Scandinavia: Striking the Balance and Setting the Precedent
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Scandinavia: Striking the Balance and Setting the Precedent

Europe has been on high alert for terror attacks in major metropolis around the region. Complicating the matter are questions...
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The Threat of Drone-Based Terror
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The Threat of Drone-Based Terror

On August 4, 2018, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was attacked with explosive-laden drones during a political rally. Although the...
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Thailand Proposal
Asia Rise to Peace blog

Thailand Proposal

The Thai government has employed multiple methods to combat the rising insurgency in Southern Thailand. One includes a plan proposed...
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What Afghanistan Needs to Move Forward: National Unity
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What Afghanistan Needs to Move Forward: National Unity

Afghanistan’s hero, General Abdul Raziq, was killed just days before the parliamentary elections, leaving a wide power vacuum in the...
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The Price of a Free Press: Jamal Khashoggi
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The Price of a Free Press: Jamal Khashoggi

The last time anyone saw Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi alive was Oct. 2nd when security cameras caught him entering the Saudi...
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US Online Counterterrorism Strategy
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US Online Counterterrorism Strategy

Last week on October 4th the Trump administration released the new National Strategy for Counterterrorism. The White House strategy rightly...
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Lone Wolf Bio-Terror: Are We Prepared?
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Lone Wolf Bio-Terror: Are We Prepared?

It’s no secret that the lone-wolf threat to Europe is bad, and worsening. However, it's not just an increasing number...
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Assad Ascendant: Russia Sells Syria Missile Defense System
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Assad Ascendant: Russia Sells Syria Missile Defense System

On Tuesday, October 2nd Russia’s Defense Minister confirmed delivery of a long-range surface-to-air missile defense system to the Syrian army....
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Colombia After FARC
Latin America Rise to Peace blog

Colombia After FARC

The 21st-century has been one of the more peaceful epochs in human history. People are bombarded with violent images and tragic...
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Lingering Consequences of the Paraguayan War
Latin America Rise to Peace blog

Lingering Consequences of the Paraguayan War

One of Latin America's darkest periods began in 1865 -- around the time that the American Civil War was drawing to...
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Brazilian Elections
Latin America Rise to Peace blog

Brazilian Elections

Last Monday, October 8th, 2018, saw the first round of Brazilian general elections. Paraphrasing one of the presidential candidates, Joao...
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Counter Terrorism Strategy in Waziristan
Asia Rise to Peace blog

Counter Terrorism Strategy in Waziristan

In recent months, Waziristan has been awash in terror attacks since the Pakistani military began new operations in the region....
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An Overview of SE Asian Extremism: Thailand
Asia Rise to Peace blog

An Overview of SE Asian Extremism: Thailand

One of the regions people don't usually think of related to extremism is Southeast Asia.  Yet, extremism is prevalent there,...
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