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The Arab Spring has not yet altered the fundamental nature of the regional system, but the balance of power within it is shifting. GCC states Saudi Arabia and Qatar - adopting a more muscular foreign policy. Important doubts, however, remain over the sustainability of this role. The Arab Spring has pulled EU-GCC relations in contradictory directions. On the one hand, it presents a unique opportunity for increased cooperation, for instance in addressing the Syria crisis and stabilizing the...
Author Gilbert Highet once queried, "what is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?" When examining Highet's critical yet insightful view of politics, namely the process by which policymaking and implantation has on constituents, the importance of key players and an institution comes in to question. Who is influencing the policymaking process and how? This question is one of the most debated aspects of the...
Piracy is an outliving phenomenon of cultural history. However, the modern piracy has become a threat to the international trade. By attacking the vessels, pirates ask for ransom or just rob the companies of the cargo. There are different routes and different countries that are facing piracy in their waters. The ones that are the most intensive are foremost at the Strait of Malacca, the Chinese Sea and the Horn of Africa/the Gulf of Aden. There are different preconditions for piracy to occur in...
Nowadays, the importance of foreign policy has seen as a mechanism for cooperation among states in which they could create alliances and get into arrangements to promote not only economic and political issues, but also social issues. However, some transformations, that takes place on international scenario, become more complex the global relations, such as, the emergence of NGOs as a consequence of the virtual information age and globalization. Fortunately, Foreign Policy "has proven to be...
By 1904 our nation had already held twenty-five elections. The American people wanted a president with character, integrity, and tenacity. In the election of 1904, there were six presidential candidates, but through the party conventions and campaign activities only two candidates received a substantial amount of attention. The issues driving this election included expanding the merchant marines, beefing up the navy, the protective tariff, and protecting the gold standard. One candidate...
The process of accession to the European Union (EU) is considered to be important for the international promotion of democracy and the rule of law (Levitz & Pop-Eleches, 2010). In the borderline, post-communist Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs), EU enlargement has brought about the development of stable democratic institutions, falling corruption levels, increasing minority rights and protection as well as other political reforms (Pop-Eleches, 2007). The literature on the topic...
The neo-liberal telecom reform era had two fundamental causes. The first has little to do with telecommunications directly, and mostly to do with economic crises that swept over the country since the late 1980's and peaked in 1991. The second is the poor performance of the telecommunications sector, irrespective of the larger economic conditions (Noll 2004:14). In India, most public sector monopolies had served the consumers so poorly that their replacement by a regulated private sector...
An environmental disaster is a "disaster to the natural environment due to human activity [] ". This type of disaster includes events such as the Love Canal Community Contamination in the 1950s, the Bhopal Gas Leak in 1984 and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in 1989 [] . Environmental disasters have visible and known causes: they may be due to toxic emissions, accidents, leaks or human error. The denial to see the dangers of certain operations is also increasingly...
In the last couple of elections, Ada Fisher, a retired doctor in North Carolina, ran for Congress. She ran on a shoestring budget, campaigning out of her own car, making her own signs and buttons. For staff, she relied exclusively on volunteers. A recent college graduate volunteered to be her campaign treasurer. It was supposed to be fun and educational. But then they came up against campaign finance laws. The entire book of rules and regulations published by the Federal Election Commission,...
What does it mean to be culturally aware? Cultural awareness can be defined as trying to understand the difference between people from other countries or other backgrounds, especially differences in attitude and values. When you begin to look at the effects of culture awareness within other countries, you must take into account many things. We must take into account the nations and regions physical geography, the impact of weather on the country or region, any civil considerations within the...