Author: Nasser Haidar

A Century-Old Dispute: Chile & Bolivia

In a recent landmark ruling, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled against Bolivia in its century-long dispute with Chile over access to the Pacific Ocean. The dispute, which has lasted for over a century now, has left a long and strenuous relationship between the two South American nations, and

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Step-By-Step: The Lebanon We Know Is Under Threat

In a region of the world where no liberty, freedom or right is a guarantee, one country stands out. Ask any Middle Easterner and they will tell you the same thing: Lebanon is a beacon of tolerance in this troubled area of the world on multiple fronts. With 18 religious

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Zimbabwe’s Hope Fades After Elections

At the end of July 2018, Zimbabwe held its first elections that did not include former long-term President Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Mugabe had been president of the Southern African nation since he led the liberation war against the white minority rule that ended in 1980, and once famously

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Erdogan’s Republic: Not A Turk

On June 24th, 2018, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the current president of Turkey, was elected for a second term as the most powerful individual in Turkish politics since the founder of the nation, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – whose given nickname, Ataturk, literally translates to ‘father of the Turks.’ Erdoğan’s hold on

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Colombia’s Elections: A New Era

On May 27th, Colombia voted in its first-round of presidential elections. None of the candidates secured the 50 percent threshold necessary to avoid a run-off election scheduled for June 17. Two candidates, Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro, secured their positions in the run-off elections with 39 percent and 25 percent,

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The Next Generation Creates A Way Forward

We’ve always been told throughout our youthful and adolescent years that the grownups will always be there to deal with all of our concerns, needs, and find ways to protect us. Whenever you need help, get a grown up. Occasionally, that’s not what actually happens, and it may surprise us

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Qatar Wins Back Full U.S. Support

In more signs of development in the interconnected web of alliances between the U.S. and the Gulf, Qatar and the United States have hosted their first inaugural US-Qatar strategic dialogue, a week-long series of high-level bilateral meetings between the two nations’ ministers, security officials, and industry leaders. These are the

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An Ambitious Task For The G5 Sahel Force

Few regions in the world face the daunting security challenge of the five Sahel countries. The five countries, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, are located in the Sahel where they are victims of their own geography. Militant groups and cross-national criminal organizations have thrived by taking advantage of

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Political Deadlock: Gnassingbe vs. Togo.

In his New Year’s address, given on January 3rd, the President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo spoke directly to the public for the first time since large-scale protests against his rule began in August 2017. In his first message, he reiterated his government’s official stance of dialogue and negotiations with the protesters

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The Middle Men Between Trump And Putin

Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s administration as President of the United States of America and even before he was elected and sworn in, there had been, and still are, many indications that Russia attempted to interfere in the democratic process and get Trump elected. Since his inauguration, he has

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The European Union’s Polish Dilemma

The European Union has faced many obstacles over the last few years, ranging from the Greek debt crisis to the Syrian refugee crisis, and Brexit, with the latest concerning Poland. The last couple of years has seen Poland slide back from democratic ideals and seek to insert governmental control over

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An Avoidable Timeline – Russia And The United States

NATO – an organization whose entire purpose could be its greatest present failure. It’s a story of an alliance stuck in time, which could be traced to the entire state of affairs between Russia and the United States today. When NATO was established it was at the height of tensions

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Trump Realigns Geopolitics

Trump’s decision earlier this week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to have the U.S. embassy moved there from Tel Aviv – a shift in a long-standing U.S. policy to not alter the status quo of Jerusalem – has enraged both friends and foes of the United

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Getting Ready For The Egyptian Presidential Elections

Controversy and speculation began last week when former Prime Minister of Egypt, Ahmed Shafik, announced on Wednesday, his intention to run in the next presidential elections around March or April of 2018. Hours after declaring his intent to run, Shafik announced in a video message given to Al Jazeera that he

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Netanyahu’s Grip On Power

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has faced increasingly strong opposition and pressure relating to his two ongoing cases of corruption that are currently being investigated by Israeli police. Suspected of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in two different cases known respectively as case 1000 and case 2000,

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Checks And Balances: Checking China’s End-Game

Every generation, there are certain defining political events that shape the makeup of the international order. The collapse of the Berlin wall, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the end of apartheid in South Africa are some recent examples. For others, it was a transition from an authoritarian regime

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Lebanon – A Regional Game Of Chess

Over the last few days, Lebanon has once again found itself stuck between regional heavyweights. In a shock move on Saturday, November 4th, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on Saudi-owned TV networks. The Prime Minister cited Iran’s interference in domestic

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Kenya’s Re-Run Election: Massive Uncertainty

What started off as an election between two historically bitter political foes can now unravel the entire social and national fabric of Kenya. On August 8th, tens of millions of people went out on to the street to vote in the presidential election between sitting incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and the

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