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International Relations Politics

A final thought of Obama

I feel terribly sad with the fact that in two hours, the United States will see a new president. Even sadder that President Obama has only two hours or so left in his 8-year presidency.

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International Relations

Indonesia Does Not Need the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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The controversy over President Joko Widodo’s statement of intention that Indonesia wants to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is yet to calm down. The sentence, practically crammed in the middle of a joint statement between President Widodo and President Barack Obama on the 26th of October, 2015, triggers a debate that almost neglects various achievements that President Widodo has brought home from Washington, D.C.

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International Relations Politics

READ: The United States National Military Strategy (2015)

On July 1st, the United States government, through its Joint Chiefs of Staff released a new military document (a ‘white paper’), titled, “The United States Military’s Contribution to National Security.” This short document outlines the U.S.’ military outlook, what it considers threats and challenges, and what can be done to face them.

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International Relations

If China replaces USA as the next global superpower, will Mandarin be the next lingua franca? [Quora]

I saw this interesting question on the website Quora, and I decided to answer the question myself. Here is my take.

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Foreign Policy International Relations Politics

Secretaries of State: More Trips to Asia-Pacific?

During my research (for my thesis), it is important to know how many trips (and days) are spent by three U.S. secretaries of state, Colin Powell (2001-2005), Condoleezza Rice (2005-2009) and Hillary Clinton (2009-2013). As many of us know, Secretary Clinton, under President Obama, is doing this ‘pivot’ strategy, otherwise known today as ‘rebalancing,’ toward the Asia-Pacific region. The intention is to signal an increasing attention to this growing region, and the United States finds it important.