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Kindercare in Kazakhstan: How Early Childhood Education Will Achieve Strategy 2050 Goals

Posted: February 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm   /   Development, Web Articles

Early childhood education (ECE) should be an integral part of Kazakhastan’s Strategy 2050, argues SAIS student Brynn Koeppen. ECE would help prepare students for university and productive careers and allow more mothers to return to the workforce sooner, growing the economy. It would also help close the gap in opportunity between rural and urban areas of the country and contribute to a more cohesive society.

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Can Russia Maintain European Demand of Natural Gas in a Changing World?

Posted: January 31, 2018 at 8:09 pm   /   Energy & Environment, Web Articles

In this article, author Joniel Cha investigates current trends in Russian natural gas production and export, focusing on its role in the European energy markets. He analyzes how Russia uses natural gas production for its geopolitical strategy, the policies and priorities of different European countries, the effects of external shocks from other large energy-producing countries, and other strengths and weaknesses of the Russian gas sector to assess its future as supplier to Europe.

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China’s Belt and Road Gamble: Can it deliver?

Posted: January 9, 2018 at 11:16 pm   /   Development, Economics, Politics, Regional, Web Articles

At a time when China is increasing its power on the world stage, Dr. Shahid Yusuf, the Chief Economist of The Growth Dialogue at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington DC, attempts to investigate the effects of China’s Belt Initiative. In doing so, he discovered that the project will certainly increase China’s influence and economic power in Central Asia but it will also place the Chinese economy under heavy strain as Chinese growth begins to slow.

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Too Many Remittances?

Posted: November 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm   /   Development, Economics, Regional, Web Articles

At a time where the international flow of remittances has received a great deal of criticisms by those on the political right, Jorge de Leon Miranda, a researcher at the International Monetary Fund, attempts to investigate the magnitude and effects of international remittances. In doing so, he discovered that remittances from the United States make up a great deal of the remittance inflow for at least fifteen countries and that the level of remittance inflow has an appreciable effect level of that country’s development.

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Ending the Korean War

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 11:56 pm   /   Politics, Regional, Security, Web Articles

In this article, Dr. Michael F. Duggan traces the roots of the present conflict on the Korean Peninsula to its origins during the Korean War. After a discussion on the causes and the course of the war, he then discusses the implications of a North Korea with nuclear weapons as well. He then discusses the reasons why North Korea would seek to develop a nuclear bomb in the first place. Dr. Duggan then closes by proposing ways that the US and China could work together to avert a potential nuclear war on the peninsula.

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