Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 28

Nigerian Finance Minister Indicates New Counterinsurgency (COIN) Focus

Ahead of the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja Nigeria, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, recently acknowledged the fact that Boko Haram has become a serious menace which may threaten the nation’s economic growth. One could take this acknowledgement in a negative way; using it is as proof that Boko Haram has become […]

April 21

Russia’s Annexation of Crimea: a Clear Violation of International Law

The Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea is a clear breach of international law. This is evidenced by the international legal principles of jus cogens (peremptory norms) and jus ad bellum. Russia’s behavior is both a violation acceptable international norms and an act of aggression for which there is no justification. When we look at the […]

April 17

Increasing the Effectiveness of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Efforts Both Home and Abroad

Following 9/11, the United States realized that to better target terrorist networks and organized crime syndicates, a stronger anti-money laundering (AML) system needed to be implemented. This resulted in the USA Patriot Act including measures which required all financial institutions to implement effective AML programs to help fortify U.S. counter-terrorist financing (CTF) efforts. This effort […]

April 14

Iraq, Iran and the Future of OPEC

With Iran and Iraq developing closer ties and the potential for sanctions targeting Iran to be lifted in the near future, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) may undergo a drastic transformation. Currently, Saudi Arabia is OPECs top oil producer, followed by Iraq and Iran respectively. However, should Iraq’s security situation improve and […]

April 11

The Potential Implications of Iran’s Nuclear Compliance

The P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) talks over Iran’s nuclear program have continued since 2003, and despite significant disagreements over certain issues, it appears that both sides are beginning to come to an agreement. While many remain skeptical of Iran complying with any accord which may be reached, Iran’s actions […]

April 09

The Syria Paradox

As the Syrian Civil War continues, there is still much speculation regarding potential outcomes of the conflict, and which outcomes will be most beneficial to both the Syrian people and the international community. As of right now, an Assad victory seems the most likely outcome; something the international community has made clear they do not […]

April 06

Afghan Election Could be a Signal of Positive Change

Afghanistan’s election went much better then anticipated yesterday, featuring a 58 percent turnout, with approximately seven million out of a total of 12 million eligible voters participating. This was much better then the 2009 election in which only 4.5 million (37 percent) of eligible voters participated and widespread violence took place throughout the country. The […]