Contemporary Conflicts

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June 24, 2013

In this blog entry you can find a compilation of some sources pertaining to conflict analysis and the measurement of peace that could be used for quantitative research. Some data in these sources overlaps but all these sources are free and easily…

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May 21, 2013

  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." (MLK)   The international…

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April 25, 2013

  Since last Monday, the day when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I have been monitoring the mainstream media in the U.S. (CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NYT). Abundant information available on their websites about the…

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April 10, 2013

  I, personally, admire convictions of the Iron Lady, the convictions that she stayed true to throughout her life. It is inhumane to gloat at anyone’s death, and it is a shame to see celebrating demonstrators who fail to step over…

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April 3, 2013

In recent days North Korea has gone much further in its rhetoric and provocations than ever before.  Early March Pyongyang threatened to exercise its "right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack", then it promised to strike the United States…

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March 18, 2013

  North Korea is notorious for its human rights’ violations, labor camps, bizarre provocations of the United States and a blind worship of its leaders.  And these topics, of course, catch attention of Western media that usually…

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March 13, 2013

  We have certain beleifs about the world around us, but they are not static: when we receive new information we update our beliefs accordingly. This process is reflected in the Bayes’ Theorem that provides a way to calculate how people…

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February 27, 2013

  The tense situation over North Korea’s nuclear program continues to escalate. Last year it proclaimed itself a nuclear state in its constitution and then successfully launched a space rocket that is only a little different from one that…

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February 13, 2013

  A couple of decades ago North Korea was a country barely noticeable to anyone in the world. Today it is on everyone’s radar screen. And its leader Kim Jong-un, “the sun of the 21st century”, brightly shined in headlines of…

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January 28, 2013

  On January 8th 2013 the World Economic Forum released its eighth annual Global Risks Report.  The Report is designed to analyze the perceived likelihood, impact and interconnections of 50 risks that have global consequences…

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November 8, 2012

  In this entry I explore the last one out of six criteria for military intervention, which defines who has the right to authorize military intervention.      Criterion 6: Right authority   It is rather important…

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November 2, 2012

  In this entry I explore fourth and fifth criteria for military intervention, which are to determine whether the international community can supply adequate means and whether the intervention can bring more good than harm.   4 and 5…

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    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
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