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The formation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was one of the most recent developments in the active merge of international finance, diplomacy and geo-strategy. Deep-pocketed forces, aligned with these merging elements and perceived by the United States as harmful to the AIIB, are rattling Washington and gradually re-shaping world order.

Global health diplomacy is the interdisciplinary field where health sciences, including medicine, meet policy-making. A simple definition would struggle to capture the broad spectrum covered by this emerging field, which exceeds the disciplinary boundaries of public policy and health sciences. The discipline relies on training, advanced research and critical exploration of cultural, social and political affairs and their relation to healthcare.

Johanna Nyman’s first political memory is joining her grandmother in the voting booth during the Finnish referendum in 1995. She was five years old and, as she recalls, quite nationalistic.

Friday, 26 June 2015 07:07

African Migrant Crisis

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The lack of economic opportunities on the African continent coupled with increasing instability caused by conflicts has forced scores of migrants to attempt the devastatingly dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. The conflict in Libya, which resulted in the destabilization of law and order and the rise of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), has been a huge factor in this push. Similarly, conflicts all across the Middle East, specifically in Syria and Yemen, have also resulted in a large number of displaced people. These displaced individuals flee their war torn countries in a desperate attempt to find safety.

Emotions have long played a central role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet recent events provide an opportune moment to overturn this precedent. The long-term well-being and best interests of Israel, as a democratic and accountable state, must be supported rationally. It is inescapably evident that Israel must find more rational ways to maintain and further its security and survival through increased support for justice, equality, dignity and respect for the national aspirations of the Palestinians.

After a lifetime of unrecognized potential and a quiet death eight years ago, the works of Latvian artist Visvaldis Ziediņš recently gained international attention. Ziediņš' private art collection premiered in the United States on Friday, June 12 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibit, “Travels in the Imagination,” marks the first time Ziediņš art has been showcased in the United States.

The civil war ravaging Syria has left more than 220,000 dead in little more than four years, and nearly eight million uprooted by violence. Another 3.8 million people have fled the country, seeking refuge in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Northern Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt.

In March, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC), the country’s two legislative bodies, convened in Beijing. This year’s meeting focused on the economic reforms envisioned and pursued by the administration of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Several initiatives were announced, including the further restructuring of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and the development of a national consumer credit system.

In his 1941 novel You Can’t Be Too Careful, H. G. Wells wrote that the “crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow”. For much of the developing world that relies on capital from international financial markets to fund its growth, the joke tomorrow may be in extremely poor taste.

June 17 marked the release of the ninth annual Global Peace Index (GPI). The report, generated by the Institute for Economics and Peace, reveals a remarkable divide between the world’s most and least peaceful countries. This report and its predecessors focus on what increases peace, rather than what causes conflict, in an effort to identify structures and institutions that create peaceful societies.

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