The multidimensional fight against Al Qaeda

The importance of Euro-Maghreb antiterrorist cooperation

Posted by , 28th December 2007

Morán demonstrated how the spectacular growth of Al Qaeda in northern Africa is tied to the social-political weakness of its host countries, and to the non-existence of intergovernmental police cooperation. In Morán‘s opinion, although a common anti-terrorism strategy throughout the Mediterranean would be impossible, progress must be made in bilateral, regional, and bi-regional cooperation.

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The United States, Russia, and the “new” missile crisis

Tension mounts between the two powers, each time becoming more confrontational

Posted by , 28th December 2007

The refusal of the United States to halt the installation of the anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, and the mounting aggression between Washington and Moscow, gave the impression that a new Cold War atmosphere has come over International Relations.


Post-Tiananmen China: A Case of Selective Amnesia

No political changes in Peking until 2020

Posted by , 28th December 2007

Xulio Rios believes that the majority of the problems that caused the manifestations in Tiananmen Square eighteen years ago are not only still present in China today, but that many of those problems have gotten worse: corruption and power abuses are on the day’s agenda.


The Responsability to Protect and the UN-African Union mission in Darfur

Could Darfur add up to the list of shameful names for the international communitiy?

Posted by , 28th December 2007

The author discusses the international community’s responsibility to protect those experiencing genocide, specifically in Darfur. He describes the United Nations´s call for humanitarian intervention, now newly and more specifically defined as the responsibility to protect.

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From Philanthrophy to Corporate Social Responsibility

Benefits for consumers, investors and the civil society

Posted by , 28th December 2007

Why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is much more than just a fad. An in depth study of the structural forces that are bringing businesses in developed countries towards more social responsibly. What is demanded of today’s corporations regarding familial responsibility and the paradox of Latin America.

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The Globalization of Brazil

Growth, monetary policy and investment in the “star” economy at the regional level

Posted by , 27th December 2007

No one doubts the overwhelmingly strong force that is the current Brazilian economy. Brazil’s production represents a third of the total of Latin America. Large local conglomerates in the sectors of iron and steel, mining, oil, and manufacturing are paving the way toward globalization. However, optimism decreases upon reviewing some empirical data. Why economic growth less than expected, including a 5 percent average growth rate, one inferior to its neighbors. Is it the responsibility of the Central Bank of Brazil and its monetary policy? Divisions among analysts.


There are many more than “two models” in Latin America

What does Brazil need in order to become a true power?

Posted by , 27th December 2007

Is Latin America divided into two models, as Europe maintains it is? For the author, it is actually diversity and heterogeneity that prevail. Paradoxically, in the forest of the distinct situations that exist today in Latin America, the success stories (Chile, Brazil, Peru and Colombia) are those that make less noise and receive less attention.

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Middle East: A Year of Serious Negotiations

Hope that 2008 will see great progress in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Posted by , 27th December 2007

The author argues that the recent summit in Annapolis marks the beginning of a period of serious negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Still, there are many obstacles to be overcome in the future: while Hamas’ influence is diminishing and the Palestinian government is having success in its efforts to provide the region with stability and security, the crisis in Gaza still remains, and Israel has not been as successful in holding up its end of the deal as set forth in the first stage of the Road Map. The author presents nine points that should be implemented to make the environment more conducive to negotiations in the upcoming year.

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Why the US is losing in Iraq

Lessons not learned from the last four years

Posted by , 27th December 2007

Understand why the United States and his allies are unable to win in Iraq in spite of their overwhelming military force. Understand which is the role that plays the merger of the Wahhabi neo-fundamentalism, the Arab ultra-nationalism and the Shia revolutionism.