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  • Why Hong Kong’s #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

    Why Hong Kong’s #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

    HUFFINGTON POST 09/30/14 By Michael Shank and Jamila Raqib The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the “occupying” is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years. Instead, a new political initiative in Hong Kong – called Occupy […]

  • Security in Yemen

    Security in Yemen

    POLICY BRIEF: SECURITY IN YEMEN September 2014 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The […]

  • The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

    The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

    THE GUARDIAN 09/23/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Raul Grijalva Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our branches of government must not stand by as […]

  • Fossil Fuel Divestment Makes UN Climate Summit a Success

    Fossil Fuel Divestment Makes UN Climate Summit a Success

    HUFFINGTON POST 09/22/14 By Michael Shank The United Nations climate summit in New York, where I’m writing from this week, is already a success. With Rockefeller Brothers Fund announcing this week that they’re divesting entirely from fossil fuels, pulling $860 million of RBF funds out of fossil fuel stocks, the […]

  • Don’t Let China Dominate

    Don’t Let China Dominate

    US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/18/14 By Michael Shank, Elena Krieger and Julia Trezona Peek This month’s report on renewable energy markets from the International Energy Agency indicates that by 2020, China will account for almost 40 percent of the growth in renewable energy capacity. The United States, meanwhile, lags […]