Category Archives: Regional Studies

The US and Cuba 50 years later

AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

By Sarah Blanchard, Public Diplomacy student, Syracuse University Recently, American singers Beyoncé and Jay-Z went to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.  This tropical nation full of white sand beaches and clear water from the Caribbean Sea attracts tourists … Continue reading

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Western Aid v. Chinese Investment in Africa

A New Perspective on African Development or The White Man’s Burden and the Red Dragon: Western Aid v. Chinese Investment in Africa

In the last several decades, China has been moving in on the African continent. Unlike the American and European donors, who looked to turn the countries of Africa into the world’s largest charity, the Chinese have been looking at Africa as a land of unexploited opportunity. While Western donors have been shipping inconceivable amounts of food aid to drought-ravaged populations, the Chinese have been investing in infrastructure development and the growth of foundational industries… 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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Senegal election a sign of hope for West Africa

Written by Jacob Kriss   Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images West Africa: So often, when we think of the region, notions of devastating famine, poverty, corruption, military coups, prolonged war and dysfunctional  government flood our minds. In a place … Continue reading

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Arab Spring for Non-Arabs: Differences and Similarities of Arabs’ Public Diplomacy During the Time of Change

Written by Sadegh Alhosseini   The Arab Spring was a huge shock. Not just for average citizens but for every scholar and politician around the world, even those who worked on issues concerning the Middle East for many years. Now, … Continue reading

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Is Gaddafi really gone? Libya is on its way but needs preventive measures

Written by Sadegh Alhosseini Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan dictator, was killed; Libyans are supposedly free, at least for now. The question remains, though, if there is any guarantee they will remain free. Gaddafi’s brutal rule was made possible by oil revenues, a … Continue reading

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The Linguistics of Winning Hearts and Minds

Language: “the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way” (OED), or a system of verbal and nonverbal communicative cues that allow for a mutual exchange of thoughts … Continue reading

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Could the EU be New Coke?

Written by Michael Lewan People are always thinking about the next big idea. Sometimes these ideas work out great—using Dorito-flavored taco shells at Taco Bell? Awesome! Sometimes these ideas fail—replacing a perfectly delicious Coke with New Coke? Terrible! When an … Continue reading

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America: The Lifeguard?

Life preserver

Written by Mary-Katherine Ream In May of 2010, an Israeli navy team killed nine Turkish activists and wounded dozens more during a flotilla raid.  The flotilla, intended to break the Israeli blockade, was headed to the Gaza Strip with tons … Continue reading

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