"There are toys for all ages," according to a famous French proverb. Indeed, toys are a bundle of little joy and enjoyment to the young and "young at heart." Throughout history and in all cultures toys, count as one of the most fundamental and significant parts of childhood. Today, China, dubbed as the next global superpower, exports about 20 billion toys per year and they are the second most commonly imported item by U.S. and Canada. It is estimated that about 10,000...
Chechnya is a very unique region, with a growing Islamic population. It is ravaged by conflict and overseen by the Russian Federation. It displays little or no threat to US national interests at this time but does require constant surveillance. Chechnya's history and current status lean towards the formation of an Islamic state, as the Russian Federation continues to struggle. The US must work by, with, and through the Russian Federation to assist with Chechnya and its current problems. The...
Political regimes are argued to be influential in achieving social-economic development. Of concern here is the role political regimes play in reducing social-economic inequalities. Several scholars have tried to study the characteristics of the political models and the political institutions associated with them in relation to their influence in ensuring equal distribution of income and resources. However, scholars are divided in their arguments and findings in cross-national studies regarding...
The study aims to summarize and analyze the recent developments in the Middle East particularly after the Arab spring process in terms of the Turkish foreign policy and its roots dated back to Ottoman Empire. Beginning the legacy of Ottoman Empire, the study also attempts to highlight main milestones for the current Turkish Foreign policy under the light of 20th century international system and its changing atmosphere such as cold war situations and later period in this region. Emphasizing the...
The Watergate scandal, state of the economy, and a national yearning for change revolved around the Presidential election of 1976. In response to the horrors of Watergate and Vietnam that had disillusioned the American people with their government, the public wanted honest leaders who weren't in the Washington sphere. They had seen enough of the corruption that had taken place during the Nixon presidency. But who to trust? Gerald Ford, the incumbent President, faced a serious challenge against...
In this day and age the speedy development of the world and the growing integration of countries affect the development of tons of new theories which try to clarify the relationship between countries and the existing disproportion between developed countries and third world countries. Two theories which examine the development in third world countries are the modernization theory and the dependence theory.  These two theories are quite different but still have quite a few similarities in...
As a response to a human basic need, people have struggled to get a suitable location to live and provide stability and welfare to their families and themselves. With the pass of the years, the changing conditions of living in the different countries and the increased easiness to move from one part of the world to another, made more apparent a large-scale process of migration in which the main destinations were those countries perceived as the most stabilized in both economic and politic terms....
The puzzle of Indian democracy that makes me wonder is why not democracy could establish a measure of justice, why is the majority steeped in poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and oppression, especially when it is claimed that the majority rules or decides under a democracy. Whenever we talk about Indian democracy, Our Indian democracy is defined by its basic fundamental rights. Even after 60 years of independence even the basic fundamental rights seems a distant dream for certain sect of...
Samaj Pragati Sahyog (SPS henceforth) is an NGO working in the dewas region of Madhya Pradesh since the 1990's. It started primarily to facilitate watershed development in the most backward districts of the state. The area where the SPS is providing its services is mostly tribal and the major focus areas are agriculture, watersheds, SHGs, NREGA implementation, Right to food and Kumbaya, the women's own garment fabrication centre. The services are directed towards women, adivasis, dalits and the...
"On March 11, 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union, and within a few weeks the full-scale reformation he attempted to carry out both inside his country and in its cold war relations with the West, particularly the United States, began to unfold." The Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), is a vast alliance of 15 different countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia,...