The Bear and the Rose

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The Bear and the Rose by Brian Marksberry International Affairs Expert   In late 1864, as the American Civil War was in its twilight, Federal forces under the command of William Tecumseh Sherman marched through the Confederate state of Georgia, leaving devastation wherever they went.  The campaign was the brainchild of its leader, William Tecumseh [...]

Competitive Authoritarianism in Milosevic’s Serbia

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Competitive Authoritarianism in Milosevic’s Serbia by Brian Marksberry International Affairs Expert For most of the 1990s, the world's attention was focused partly on the conflicts that broke out throughout the former Yugoslavia after its disintegration.  Western media dedicated its attention to Serbia, and its leader, Slobodan Milosevic.  Though seen as a dictator and a tyrant, [...]

Syria: Understanding the Conflict

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Syria: Understanting the Conflict by Kristopher Kaim Middle East Expert   Today’s political scene within the Middle East is peppered in conflict and uncertainty. In a post-Mubarak Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood may officially take over in an effort to spread Islamist supremacy. In Libya, the overthrow and death of Muammar Gadaffi leads to a nation [...]

Transition

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  DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION, DOMESTIC POLITICS, AND THE “UNDEMOCRATIC” PEACE by Vassilios Damiras, Ph.D. (ABD) GEOSTRATEGIC FORECASTING COOPERATION – CSFC CEO   In the half of the twentieth century since the Second World War, several waves of democratization have occurred. At the end of the century, all the European continent, various countries of the African continent, [...]

A Tale of Two Revolutions: the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and February 1917

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A Tale of Two Revolutions: the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and February 1917 by Brian Marksberry International Affairs Expert   In the first two decades of the twentieth century, the vast Russian Empire was rocked by two revolutions in a space of a little more than a decade.  Both events were to have wide ramifications, [...]