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President Obama’s summit meeting on nuclear non-proliferation and its impact on the global community

This past week the largest international summit meeting on nuclear proliferation was held in Washington. President Obama hosted 46 world leaders in order to discuss nuclear weapons, nuclear technology, proliferation, and unsecure stockpiles of enriched uranium and plutonium. Emphasizing the threat of nuclear terrorism, the American president sought to illuminate this growing problem and garner...

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Israel, Palestine, and the United States: What’s next?

Two weeks ago, diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel took an unexpected turn. During Vice President Biden’s trip to Israel, the Israeli government announced a plan to construct 1600 new housing units in East Jerusalem. This move embarrassed the Obama administration, which was attempting to restart proximity talks, while simultaneously angering Palestinians. It...

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Whats going on with Syria?

Earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a joint press conference with Iran’s leader Ahmadinejad in which he criticized US policy in the Middle East and reaffirmed the Iranian-Syrian relationship (Washington Post). These statements follow recent American efforts to open up diplomatic relations with Syria. On February 17th, President Obama announced that he was...

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Israel & Iran’s Quest for Nuclear Weapons

In a press conference earlier this week the Israeli Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon stated his opinion regarding Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. He stated that “the plan is to stop it, be it through regime change in Iran or through, with no other choice, the use of force in order to remove Iran’s ability to develop...

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Meet our Intern!

Meet Alissa Aronovici, our newest intern. We are so excited to have Alissa join us! Alissa earned her bachelors degree in International Relations from the College of William and Mary in 2006. She is currently a graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is pursuing a master’s degree in Islamic and Middle Eastern...

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Pakistan’s Educational System: Dysfunction & Extremism

According to the World Bank, nearly half of the adult population of Pakistan can’t read, and primary enrollment remains the lowest in South Asia. Extremist groups are recruiting impoverished Pakistani children by offering free education, thereby indoctrinating the next generation, by exploiting the lack of educational opportunity. While some efforts by the Pakistani government have...

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Polarizing Iran

Supreme Leader Khamenei endorsed the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a formal ceremony on Monday, with a formal inauguration held on Wednesday, August 5th. Protests over the election are still ripping the country apart, with trials over the weekend of more than one hundred people (many of whom are prominent Iranian players), who called...

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Hot Topic – Diplomacy in the Obama Administration

Today’s hot topic [President Bill Clinton’s trip to North Korea] is full of controversial talking points. With relations between the US and N. Korea decidingly unfavorable, it is no wonder that the Obama Administration would tap a figurehead of such notoriety (President Clinton has been likened to the “Rock Star” of governmental figure heads) to...

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Stay Tuned…

Next week the Richmond World Affairs Council will be launching our updated website! Viewer’s will be able to follow us on Twitter, view programs on YouTube, and “Ask a Board Member,” all of which are just a few items on the list of new offerings. Once you have checked out our new and improved look,...