Monthly Archives: May 2011

[Policymaking in China] The Legitimacy of the Three Gorges Dam

On May 18th, the Chinese State Council released a vague statement that said: “Although the Three Gorges project provides huge comprehensive benefits, urgent problems must be resolved regarding the smooth relocation of residents, ecological protection and geological disaster prevention.” This … Continue reading

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Resolving Contradictions in U.S. Foreign Policy

By Ellie Merle A key aspect of U.S. foreign policy as stated numerous times by George W. Bush has been to ‘spread democracy in the Middle East.’ It was this guiding concept that lay behind the Iraq War of 2003, … Continue reading

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[Policymaking in China] The State Council’s Board of Counselors

In the United States, the president can seek advice from several councils and offices within his executive branch. For the most of the 20th century, the White House Chief of Staff has relied on a variety of economic, environmental, national … Continue reading

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The Deafening Silence and Bahrain

While NATO troops are engaged in Libya and news outlets report on the unrest developing in Syria and elsewhere, one of the most severe opposition crackdowns which has thus far occurred in the Arab Spring in underway in Bahrain.  While … Continue reading

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How do you celebrate a death?

I may regret posting so immediately, but I wanted to maintain the heat of the moment.  My first thoughts when I heard the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed were positive, as I’m sure was the case for … Continue reading

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