Author Archives: Roxanne Bauer

Remaining Neutral in the South China Sea

The conflict between China and Japan over disputed islands in the East China Sea is escalating. Japan purchased the islands, which were previously leased by the government from a Japanese family, for $26.18 million, stimulating Chinese reaction that ranges from protests to diplomatic calls for restraint. The foreign ministry of China has stated they view the purchase to be “illegal and invalid.” Continue reading

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‘sup Diplomacy: Indian Education

There are many reasons to study a foreign language. Engaging in international dialogue, gathering intelligence, developing trade deals, preparing risk assessments, avoiding war and conflict, and many other activities all require foreign language knowledge. Indeed, in order to do almost any kind of public diplomacy work, the cultural and philosophical character of the target community’s language needs to be understood. Continue reading

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Discussing Aurora and Terrorism

On July 20, 2012 Jesse Holmes entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, releasing tear gas and shooting into the audience. He killed 12 people and injured 58 others. The shooting spree was planned and Holmes’ apartment contained trip-wires attached to grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline. Continue reading

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Embracing Political Islam: Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians elected Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as the country’s first democratic president on Sunday. Morsi defeated former general and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik by winning 51.7% the votes.

In response, tens of thousands congregated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday to celebrate. It was the largest gathering in Tahrir Square since Hosni Mubarak was ousted. Those gathered in the square set off fireworks… Continue reading

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Foreign Investment in Afghanistan: The solution?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited India June 6 to discuss security issues related to South Asia. Among the topics discussed was Indian cooperation in the defense of and investment in Afghanistan. Following his trip, the third annual Indo-US strategic dialogue was held in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2012.

This echoes earlier statements President Obama made that advocated a military “pivot” to Asia and which called India a “linchpin in this strategy.” Continue reading

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The Road Ahead…. NATO and Afghanistan

World leaders are preparing to meet later this month, and expectations are high for all. The United States will host the G8 Summit at Camp David on May 18-19 and will then host North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meetings in Chicago on May 20-21.

The war in Afghanistan will be on the top of the agenda. G8 countries and NATO are attempting to formulate plans and build an Afghan army that can defend the country after around 130,000 international troops leave…. Continue reading

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Mali Tuareg rebels Declare State of Azawad

Written by Roxanne Bauer   Mali is breaking up… with itself.  The northern half of the country declared independence from the southern portion and would like to be recognized as Azawad from now on. On Friday, April 6, Mailan Tuareg … Continue reading

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BRICS: Silent on Pakistan

Written by Roxanne Bauer   The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) recently held a summit in New Delhi on 29 March in which they issued a variety of statements, including the possibility of establishing a development … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s Rhetorical War

  Written by Roxanne Bauer   In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the United States last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made statements that equated a possible nuclear-armed Iranian state with the Nazi state of … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Quran Burning and Language Training

Written by Roxanne Bauer Afghans and, indeed, Muslims throughout the world are protesting for a sixth day the recent and unintentional burning of Qur’an at the US’ largest base in Afghanistan.  Despite a direct apology from President Obama to Afghan … Continue reading

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