The  China-Africa  Research  Initiative  (CARI)  at  the  Johns  Hopkins  University  School  of  Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is pleased to announce  a  Call for Papers for its fourth annual conference: "Matters of State: Politics, Governance, and Agency in China-Africa Engagement."  The conference will be held at Johns...

Caucasus Studies includes a range of courses with a focus on the Caucasus region. All courses are offered online with instruction in English. There are no mandatory lectures on campus.   Courses Follow the course links to the Universitys online education catalogue for more information and application. Late applications will be processed with consideration taken to time available and if there are...

In the shadowy world of covert proxy wars, Iran is taking centre stage, both as a target and a player. A series of incidents involving Iranian ethnic and religious minorities raise the spectre of the United States and Saudi Arabia seeking to destabilize the Islamic republic. Not to sit back passively, indications are that Iran beyond its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Lebanese Shiite militia...

Recent Rohingya crisis has chiefly been examined as a byproduct of religious sectarianism and ethnic hostility. With main international focus concentrated around the Rohingya’s status as religious and ethnic minority subjected to “cleansing”, other motivations behind the crisis have been duly ignored. Economic and business interests of the Myanmar government have been one of these...

In the 72nd UN General Assembly session, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi categorically told the international community that “Pakistan won’t be a scapegoat in the Afghan War.” This statement is an indirect response to Trump’s new Afghan policy. During his speech PM Abbasi has firmly said that Pakistan believes on “urgent” and “realistic” goals...

When Ukraine was subject to Russian aggression, big support came from the United States and Canada, where the governments and ordinary people became sympathetic to the Ukrainians, who lost part of their territory while demanding more freedom and changing the government. The Politicon interviews Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of...

The Politicon team does not necessarily share the opinions expressed in this article which is solely based on the thoughts and interpretations of our interviewees.   On October 1, 2017, Catalonia holds an independence referendum which has been declared illegal by the Spanish government in the attempt to prevent it from happening. However, the problem has deep historic roots and it's impossible to deny...

One of the problems in the Lebanese economy that we do not efficiently use our capacities. Our country, contrary to what some think, has many capabilities and capacities. I will lay out and explain three main capacities and capabilities in this article. 1. Strategic Geographic Location: Lebanon is located at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa. This location can provide companies with an easy...

As I have noted in my first part of this series, the reform of Lebanon is tough but it is not impossible. Like the citizens, many Lebanese politicians want to change but simply don't know how to do it. After several months of researching how nations change, I have discovered major psychological principles that encompass all political change strategies. I will lay out these rules in this article.   1....

Recent events in Russia raised lots of questions regarding the modern Russian political culture and political system.  In order to understand the roots of ongoing protests and its possible consequences we have to look at the Russian political culture which is quite complex to understand.  With its communist past, Russia still remains distant from fully absorbing democratic values even though...

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