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Jul 24, 2021
In Center Central/South America
This week, we will be taking a glance at the competition for influence in Latin America and the Caribbean between the great powers and other actors. The documents we review will mostly focus on the US and China, but there will be mention of Russian and Iranian activity as well. Share your insights here on the forum as new documents are posted throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
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Jul 17, 2021
In Center for Arctic Policy
This week, we will be taking yet another look and policy documents responding to changes in an increasingly dynamic Arctic Circle. Feel free to check out the Society's previous Arctic discussions here or find them on our forum. As always, post your insights on this week's documents as they are posted throughout the week!
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
Summer 20
Jul 10, 2021
In Center U.S. National Security
This week we will be exploring documents that delve into federal law enforcement in the United States and how these efforts relate to US national security. Join our discussions about these documents on this forum thread as the blog is updated throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
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Jul 03, 2021
In Center for International Law
This week on the IAA, we will be looking at some of the international organizations whose efforts stretch across the entire world. Give us your impression of these organizations and their efforts on this forum as new documents are shared throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
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Jun 26, 2021
In Center for Asia Pacific Policy
This week's documents will touch on policies and relationships in East Asia and the Indo-Pacific. Comment down below on your reactions to each document and what you think the biggest takeaways are throughout the week.
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Summer 20
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Jun 20, 2021
In Center for International Law
This week, we are looking at documents relevant to journalism and broadcasting as they relate to international affairs. Leave your comments on the documents and your discussions with your fellow researchers here as throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
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Jun 13, 2021
In Counterterrorism
This week we will be discussing documents and reports dealing efforts to combat terrorism and de-radicalize terrorists. Join the discussion on the documents here as they are shared throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
Summer 20
Jun 06, 2021
In Center for International Law
This week, we are taking a look at the three documents that help paint a broader picture of global affairs. They cover the US's current national security priorities, countries' efforts to keep up with emission-reduction pledges, and the state of democracy worldwide. Post your thoughts on the documents here as they are posted throughout the week. Comment on your peers' analyses as well.
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
Summer 20
Jun 06, 2021
In Center for International Law
We're delighted to have you join us to discuss the latest developments in international affairs! Please introduce yourself with your name, specialty, and even some career interests below. Get to know your teammates and fellow researchers. We start regular document analyses on Wednesday! (6/9)
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
Summer 20
Apr 25, 2021
In The Center for Space Policy
Current regimes governing outer space may be peaceful, but this arena has the potential to become one of conflict. This week, we will be delving into some of the strategies and military capabilities for space-faring nations and entities. Post your reflections on the week's documents on this thread.
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Apr 17, 2021
In The Center for Space Policy
As more countries achieve the ability to explore the cosmos, space is becoming yet another area of opportunity and competition between human factions. This week we'll review the laws governing space, the potential of extraterrestrial resources, and the weapons that may fight over space. Post your thoughts on the documents here as they are shared throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
Summer 20
Apr 11, 2021
In Center for Arctic Policy
States, small and large, have been updating or producing whole new Arctic strategies in response to the changing situation in the High North. Join our discussion this week about Nordic, Russia, and Chinese Arctic strategies and offer your commentary on this forum.
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Griffen Ballenger
Summer 20
Summer 20
Apr 04, 2021
In Center for Arctic Policy
Due to the climate change-induced melting of Arctic sea ice, the Arctic region has become a new figurative and literal hotbed for economic activity and geo-strategic competition. Join our discussion about the new stakes of the Arctic and America's regional policies here as documents are posted throughout the week.
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Griffen Ballenger
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Mar 28, 2021
In Center for Europe Policy
This week we will be taking a closer look at some of the subregional intergovernmental organizations and initiatives in Europe and Eurasia. The BIED Society already conducted a discussion on the structure and function of the European Union last semester. Click here to review that IAA forum thread: https://www.biedsociety.com/forum/european-union/the-pillars-of-europe-the-legacy-of-the-maastricht-treaty-after-25-years The goal of this week is to highlight some of the lesser known organizational entities that bind European states to a common cause. Post your thoughts on the daily documents here.
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Mar 21, 2021
In The Middle East
This week's documents shall explore the governance of and the current dynamics in the conflict-ridden Middle East. Share your perspectives here as the documents are posted throughout the week.
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Mar 15, 2021
In Center Central/South America
This week we are delving into some of the multilateral entities and regimes that govern the Latin American region. Offer your commentary on the documents here as they are posted throughout the week.
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Mar 07, 2021
In Center for Asia Pacific Policy
This week we will be reviewing documents that encompass the state of affairs in the Indo-Pacific region. Chime in with your perspectives on the daily readings here throughout the week.
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Mar 01, 2021
In Center for Africa Policy-China
This week, we will be looking at documents on multilateral engagement and development on the African continent. Offer your insights on the daily readings throughout the week here.
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Summer 20
Feb 21, 2021
In Counterterrorism
This week we will round out our discussions on counterterrorism with some examples of violent extremist organizations from across the world and their activities. Offer your commentary of the documents of the week here.
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Feb 14, 2021
In Center for Europe Policy
This week's documents will focus on EU counterterrorism strategy as well as delve deeper into two of the more common ideologies that drive radicalized violence. Chime in with your thoughts on each new document throughout the week.
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