October 19, 2010

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Turkmenistan's Diversification Efforts
Aaron Beitman - 10/15/2010
For a century and a half as a backwater outpost of the Russian and Soviet empires, Turkmenistan's primary role was to supply the imperial center with raw materials and labor. Though Turkmenistan's increased global presence today is driven by raw materials exports, primarily natural gas, export schedules are no longer dictated exclusively by Moscow. To Russia's chagrin, this process appears to be accelerating as Turkmenistan deepens energy ties with China, Turkmen gas exports to Russia decrease, and progress is made on the ambitious Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline comp...

Lawfare in Austria
A. Millar - 10/15/2010
Although the trial of Dutch MP and critic of Islam, Geert Wilders, and its serious implications for free speech in Europe, is once again creating a furor in the press, another high-profile trial of a critic of Islam -- Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, in Austria -- is being overlooked.

Leaders of the Developed World Need to Focus on Growth, Not Rhetoric
Michael Trinkle - 10/14/2010
Another earnings season has come and gone, and another is quickly approaching. While corporate leaders will surely espouse their prowess at cutting costs and producing after tax earnings like never before, their track record in the developed countries of the world will most likely remain lackluster. Corporations, at least the multi-national ones, are not too terribly bothered by domestic issues when it comes to producing profits for their shareholders. Most all have gravitated in the direction of Asia and Brazil because that is where the growth is these days.

Economic Sanctions Against Iran
Abolghasem Bayyenat, Ph.D. candidate - 10/14/2010
The political climate surrounding Iran’s nuclear issue has dramatically changed over the past few months. The U.S. government has effectively lobbied its allies to impose harsh unilateral sanctions against Iran which go far beyond what is mandated by the last Security Council Resolution against Iran’s nuclear program. This raises the question as to whether the current strategy would be likely to meet its ostensible goal of resolving Iran’s nuclear issue.