Asia

How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

How to Fix Turkey’s Fall From International Favor

March 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 03/12/15 By Michael Shank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent attack on the West for “hate speech” and misattributing terrorism during the Paris attacks is ironic. Erdogan is erroneously doing both already: labeling the Gulen movement a terrorist organization and using hate speech to characterize it. In fact, […]

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Obama Won’t Be Able to Repeat His China Climate Change Deal in India. Here’s the Next Best Thing.

Obama Won’t Be Able to Repeat His China Climate Change Deal in India. Here’s the Next Best Thing.

January 26, 2015 at 11:28 am

THE WEEK 01/26/15 By Michael Shank and Sabina Dewan Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commit to action on climate change ranks high on President Barack Obama’s list of priorities during his visit to India. The recent U.S.-China agreement sparked optimism on climate change cooperation between industrialized and developing countries. […]

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

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

September 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

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 […]

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Security in Yemen

Security in Yemen

September 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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 […]

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Don’t Let China Dominate

Don’t Let China Dominate

September 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

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 […]

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EU-US Free Trade Zone ‘Deeply Problematic’ Without Developing Economies

EU-US Free Trade Zone ‘Deeply Problematic’ Without Developing Economies

May 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

RIA NOVOSTI 05/20/14 NEW YORK, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – It is “deeply problematic” for the EU and the US to promote a free trade zone deal that eschews big developing economies, according to a legislation expert for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby group. Supporters of […]

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Experts to Analyze Ukraine Crisis, Crimea Conflict

Experts to Analyze Ukraine Crisis, Crimea Conflict

April 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

MASON NEWS 04/21/14 By Buzz McClain The drama of the conflict in Crimea comes to Arlington on April 23 when representatives from Ukraine and Russia share the stage during a program called “Beyond Crimea: The Evolution of the Crisis in Ukraine.” The April 23 forum will include — in addition […]

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How to Resolve the Crisis in Ukraine

How to Resolve the Crisis in Ukraine

April 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

CDN 04/18/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 — The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt  policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this […]

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Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps

April 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 04/17/14 By Michael Shank The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this week by diplomats from […]

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The Dangers of Soft Power

The Dangers of Soft Power

April 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 04/14/14 By Michael Shank The United States Department of Defense used it recently in Yemen and Pakistan. The U.S. State Department is using it right now in Afghanistan and Nigeria. The U.S. Agency for International Development used it in the last elections in Kenya. It’s […]

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