Author: Richmond World Affairs Council

Raúl Castro: Is Cuba Better off Now?
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Raúl Castro: Is Cuba Better off Now?

In the United States, ten different polls can be conducted on Barack Obama and the findings can be assumed to be fairly accurate.  Researchers even go as far as to ensure that the methods are as unbiased as possible.  This gives us an idea of the general views regarding our president and the current decisions...

Putin’s Russia, Part III: Western Encroachment
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Putin’s Russia, Part III: Western Encroachment

So Russia is sliding into economic decline, but why does political support for Putin remain high amidst the economic downturn? To truly understand the average Russian’s mindset, we have to examine the historical, political, and social frameworks that have shaped their way of life and observing the world. ———————————————————————————————————– NATO Expansion In 1990, during the negotiations between...

Putin’s Russia, Part II: Ukraine
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Putin’s Russia, Part II: Ukraine

So Russia is sliding into economic decline, but why does political support for Putin remain high amidst the economic downturn? To truly understand the average Russian’s mindset, we have to examine the historical,  political, and social frameworks that have shaped the their way of life and observing the world. ———————————————————————————————————– Ukraine Historically, Russia has viewed—and continues to...

Putin’s Russia, Part I: Economic Woes
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Putin’s Russia, Part I: Economic Woes

Today, I’m going to elaborate on a post that got a lot of attention recently on our Facebook page: Russia has been in an economic recession due to Western sanctions and the decline in oil prices–however, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has reached an all-time high, with 9 out of 10 Russians approving of...

Brazil
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Brazil

On July 1, 2013, the Brazilian National Soccer team ousted the Spanish National team in the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup in front of their home fans in Rio de Janeiro. The night that followed was a night of nationalistic pride to say the least, but not in the way that President Dilma Rousseff...

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What is Wrong With France?

                When discussing  the Eurozone crisis, most news stations spend most of their time focusing on the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain).  These are the countries that have faced the most economic turmoil and pose some of the greatest risk to the future of the Euro.  However, another...

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Syria, Part 7: What Now?

Having examined the Assad regime, the anatomy of the opposition, the goals of the opposition, the international reaction, Syria’s relations with its neighbors, and the chronology of the conflict, all that is left to consider is the future of Syriaand its 16-month revolution. With Assad still claiming popular support and refusing to step down, the...

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Syria, Part 6: Syria and Its Neighbors

Syria, like any other nation, has a complex system of alliances and enmities with its neighbors, all of which have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by the ongoing revolution. Those relationships can determine the effect of the revolution on the countries that border Syria. This blog aims to explore the profound effect of Syria’s...

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Syria, Part 5: The Goals

Ever since its publication in 1532, Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Princehas caused many debates over one of its most famous lines- “the ends justify the means.” This thesis has been embraced and rejected alike by a wide variety of monarchs, politicians, and leaders, and it can still be applied and utilized today. As one looks at...

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Syria, Part 4: The Opposition

The protests in Syria have gripped the nation for the past year. The spark from the revolutions of Egypt and Tunisiacaught in Syria, and quickly escalated into a full scale fire. Which groups are leading the protesters? Who are their members? Are they united in their efforts or are there many groups vying for power?...