Category: Foreign Policy

A How-To Guide To Buying Artifacts Looted by the Islamic State

May 29th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Let’s say you’re a rich Manhattan hedge fund manager in the market for an artifact from Palmyra, the archeological wonder in Syria currently being pillaged by the Islamic State…

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“There’s a scholarly community that’s complicit with the dealers and the buyers who will authenticate. It’s pretty hard to tell the difference between legal and illegal sometimes.”

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China Liked TPP — Until U.S. Officials Opened Their Mouths

May 15th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Min Ye, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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By Min Ye, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

After a brief but frightening setback for proponents, U.S. congressional leaders looked set on May 13 to pass legislation for an eventual up-or-down (“fast-track”) vote on what would be one of the world’s largest trade accords, the U.S-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…

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The Blood Cries Out

March 27th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, Timothy Longman 0 comments

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Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center

In one of Africa’s most densely populated countries, brothers are killing brothers over the right to farm mere acres of earth. There’s just not enough land to go around in Burundi — and it could push the country into civil war…

Expert quote:

“Catholic teachings against birth control are very resonant with Burundian culture, which says that children are wealth. Because the Catholic Church is so powerful and controls so much of the health sector, it creates a huge stumbling block for family-planning practice.”

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China’s Silk Road Strategy

November 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Min Ye, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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By Min Ye, College of Arts & Sciences

As Beijing hosts this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum slated to run through Nov. 11, the United States and China are locked in behind-the-scenes competition over free trade agreements…

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The Black-Market Battleground

October 18th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

When an Islamic State fighters capture an archaeological site, they’re faced with a series of choices…

Expert quote:

“What we have from the satellite imagery is that there is industrial-scale looting all over Syria.”

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Pakistan #Fail

September 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

After paralyzing Islamabad for days, the crowds at boisterous protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are starting to thin out. But even if Pakistan’s current political standoff comes to an end, the country’s deeper political crisis won’t…

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Exclusive: Top Lawmaker Proposes Cuts to Rwanda Aid

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers, Timothy Longman 0 comments

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Timothy Longman, College of Arts & Sciences, African Studies Center

After a string of assassination attempts on Rwandan dissidents, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is proposing cuts to American aid to the central African country as part of a broader overhaul of Washington’s relationship with Kigali…

Expert quote:

“Rwanda has virtually no natural resources and so is heavily dependent upon foreign aid and investment, much of which comes from the United States. We thus have considerable influence in Rwanda, if we choose to use it.”

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Will Syrian Civil War Mark End to American Militarism?

February 4th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

When President Barack Obama spoke from the White House last September to rally a war-weary nation behind limited strikes against Syria, the vast power he wielded as commander-in-chief seemed more curse than blessing…

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“The lesson that many Americans drew from those nearly simultaneous events was that we had war figured out, and had achieved such a level of military dominance that it would be our strong suit throughout the post-Cold War era. That notion that military power provides a way to fix problems decisively and quickly took hold in our national psyche, and it carried over into our politics.”

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Cuba asserts American vision without US

January 30th, 2014 in 2014, BBC, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers, Paul Webster Hare 0 comments

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Paul Webster Hare, College of Arts & Sciences

This week, Cuba was converted into the focal point of Latin America and the Caribbean…

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“CELAC’s creation and the chairmanship for Cuba is a legacy of Hugo Chavez’s vision of a Latin America without the US.”

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The misuse of American might, and the price it pays

January 12th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever…

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