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Citizen Diplomacy to the UN: an Interview with Patrick Sciarratta

“(Your) mission is so important, and… you are accomplishing remarkable things. Best wishes to you and everyone at the foundation!”  President William Jefferson Clinton for Patrick Sciarratta. Patrick has gone through a fantastic life path: from a simple student and the creator of a rock band back in 1969 to a famous person and leader […]

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Policy Analysis World Politics & Affairs

The Evolution of Consulate Diplomacy and International Law

Humans, by nature, have always felt the need to communicate. This started with the need to communicate with those in the local vicinity, which then progressed to those in neighbouring regions. And as humans came together and formed groups, societies grew over time and nation-states developed. As these nations became gradually more sophisticated, they needed […]

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Canada Policy Analysis Taxes & Economics

The Economic Importance of Policy Interest Rates

Every month and a half, the news is flooded with reports on the Canadian Central Bank’s most recent policy interest rate decision. What is lacking in these reports is the importance and meaning behind these rate decision. The policy interest rate is extremely important to the economy, with effects ranging from the price of stocks, […]

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How American Influence Spread Across Britain in the Post-War Period

The chaotic tumult of the Second World War left the imperial powers of Europe shocked and stunted. Britain, despite emerging as a victor of the conflict, had suffered substantial structural and economic damage, and was facing huge housing problems with over 2 million houses having been destroyed in German bomb attack during the war. By […]

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World Politics & Affairs

ANS 2019: Trade, Mobility, and Security in the African Union

In recent times, there have been significant political and economic efforts by the African Union to transform the lives of and guarantee a good future for the more than one billion people living in the African continent. The desire to allow free mobility beyond what is largely perceived by African leaders as “colonial-imposed borders” has […]

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How Turkey is Quickly Becoming an Unlikely Top Venezuelan Ally

On the 23rd of January, the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, before a massive crowd of supporters, assumed the duties of interim President of Venezuela, claiming that the incumbent President, Nicolas Maduro, was illegitimately elected. Mr Guaidó has already been recognised as the rightful President of Venezuela by over 50 nations, […]

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The Geo-Economics of Egypt’s New Mega-Capital

Cairo has been Egypt’s capital for over a thousand years, serving as the heart of the nation for millennia and holding special importance as a symbol of Ancient Egypt, housing the Pyramids of Giza, and Islamic Architecture and Culture, being know as “the City of a Thousand Minarets”. But it is also home to over […]

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World Politics & Affairs

South Sudan’s Seemingly Unending War

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011 to become an independent, sovereign nation. However two years later, in December 2013, disagreements between two former rebel leaders Riek Machar and President Salvar Kirr plunged the nation into what would become a seemingly unending civil war. South Sudan has two main sides of political divide: SPLM, […]

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World Politics & Affairs

Armenia: The Road to Democracy in Post-Soviet Caucasus

A Crisis in Armenia: The Fight for Democracy Recently, the mountainous former Soviet nation of Armenia has been heavily featured on mainstream media, mainly due to the country’s wave of protests against its now former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, led by the opposition’s leader, Nikol Pashinyan. The protests, which Mr Pashinyan said a “non-violent velvet revolution”, reacted […]

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The Failure of an International Commitment to Human Rights

Middle Eastern political analyst Emile Hokayem recently tweeted “Being from, caring about and working on the Middle East is an endless heartbreak,” in reference to reports of the use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, on April 7th, 2018. When I first learned that a player in the Syrian conflict, presumably the Assad government, orchestrated […]