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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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A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change

January 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

NATIONAL INTEREST 01/26/15 By Michael Shank and Des Browne We are facing a new security threat, and, if left unaddressed, it has the potential to kill thousands of people in a single summer. We are talking, of course, about climate change. A new study authored by the British Met Office […]

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How Germans Go Green

How Germans Go Green

December 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/09/14 By Michael Shank and Johann Saathoff With the German government’s reaffirmation this month of carbon emissions reduction goals of 40 percent by 2020, and its courageous commitment to phase out coal, the country is now leading the world with an aggressive and unparalleled climate […]

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Rethink America’s Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Rethink America’s Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

September 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 09/29/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Authors Michael Shank and Casey Harrity published a policy brief this month as part of FCNL’s “Shared Security” series. For the full 20-page “Security in Yemen” report, click here. Below is the executive summary excerpted from the report. Yemen is on […]

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Yemen is on the Brink of Chaos – And Why It’s So Important

Yemen is on the Brink of Chaos – And Why It’s So Important

September 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

POLITIX 09/27/14 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 economy of Yemen is in […]

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Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

September 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

POLITIX 09/16/14 By Michael Shank As the United Nations convenes world leaders this month in New York to discuss ways to reduce global warming, the United States Senate has the opportunity to discuss the most important lever the U.S. government can pull to cool the planet and make our air […]

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Should We Curb Air Pollution From Air Travel?

Should We Curb Air Pollution From Air Travel?

September 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 09/08/14 By Clare Foran, Ben Geman and Jason Plautz WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING SHOULD WE CURB AIR POLLUTION FROM AIR TRAVEL? Should EPA regulate air pollution from the airlines? If so, how strict should the rule be? What are the challenges and risks involved, and how could a […]

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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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TTIP Will Only Be to The Benefit of Industries

TTIP Will Only Be to The Benefit of Industries

May 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

RUSSIA TODAY 05/19/14 Most of the working groups involved in trade negotiations are represented by industries and such biased approaches raise concerns over access and the transparency of the whole process, Michael Shank from Friends Committee on National Legislation told RT. “If you want to be a part of the […]

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Can TTIP Live up to its Promises?

Can TTIP Live up to its Promises?

May 11, 2014 at 11:38 pm

ATLANTIC 05/09/14 By Neil Thompson The Friedrich-Ebert Foundation invited two opposing speakers to debate the merits of TTIP. An important point to come out of the argument was both agreed it should not be set in stone once signed. It is meant to be a living document, subject to a […]

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