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History Repeating Itself in Ukraine

History Repeating Itself in Ukraine

March 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/07/13 By Michael Shank and Kimairis Toogood When it comes to the conflict in Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia must feel like history is close to repeating itself. Georgia lost 20 percent of its sovereign territory to de facto Russian control in 2008 and now […]

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Time to Write the Rules for Cyber and Drone Challenges

Time to Write the Rules for Cyber and Drone Challenges

February 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

CNN 02/03/14 By Michael Shank and Des Browne Editor’s note: Des Browne is the former U.K. Secretary of State for Defense. Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The views expressed are their own. Iran has begun implementing the Joint Plan […]

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Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

February 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

FOX NEWS 02/01/14 By Michael Shank From a political perspective, defending Turkey’s blend of political Islam and neoliberal economic policies was not terribly difficult a decade ago. After all, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan helped build the 17th largest economy in the world and what would be the sixth largest […]

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A New Look at Climate Change

A New Look at Climate Change

December 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

REUTERS 12/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Michael Honda The annual United Nations climate change talks, which concluded last month in Warsaw, unfortunately found little common ground on carbon. The talks broke down over the world’s richest nations’ inability to agree with the poorest on how to address the […]

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Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

Turkey’s Education Crackdown Is Cause for Concern

December 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/02/13 By Michael Shank It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can’t get a break. They were first targeted in America, via discrimination aimed at the Turkish […]

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UN Climate Change Negotiations in Poland This Week

UN Climate Change Negotiations in Poland This Week

November 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/18/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Lichtash WASHINGTON, November 18, 2013 – With the United Nations meeting this week in Warsaw, Poland, for its annual conversation on climate change, one wonders if the international community can come together quickly enough to respond to this month’s warnings from the […]

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Creating Just Jobs Around the World

Creating Just Jobs Around the World

October 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/31/13 By Michael Shank and Sabina Dewan One of the biggest drivers of inequality is a lack of jobs. But not just any jobs, just jobs, ones that come with appropriate wages, rights, protections such as healthcare and pensions and opportunities for economic mobility. As […]

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Climate Crisis and the Will to Act

Climate Crisis and the Will to Act

October 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm

THE HILL 10/22/13 By Michael Shank and US Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) In the past month, the U.S. has faced two grave threats, one domestic and one international. Both pose serious consequences to the United States and the world at large, and no one knows how either will end. The […]

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Why Water is Key to Syria Conflict

Why Water is Key to Syria Conflict

September 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

CNN 09/17/13 By Michael Shank and Emily Wirzba Editor’s note: Michael Shank is director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Emily Wirzba is program assistant for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at FCNL. The views expressed are their own. The agreement forged by Russia and the […]

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A Callous Disregard for the Law

A Callous Disregard for the Law

September 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/11/13 By Michael Shank One of the most disturbing dynamics about President Barack Obama’s speech to the American people and what’s gone down in the last week in Washington – vis-à-vis military strikes in Syria – is the Obama administration’s willingness to break constitutional and […]

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