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When the Tsar Out-planned the President

Reconstruction historian Eric Foner once noted at a guest lecture in London how the “USA is exceptional in our vehement insistence that we are exceptional”.[1]Foner is not wrong; John Winthrop, one of the first Europeans to descend on America, called the to be nation a city upon a hill. At core to our moral authority over global democracy and order is our insistence that America … Continue reading When the Tsar Out-planned the President

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Civil War in the Central African Republic

Background Since 2012, a civil war has engulfed a country, fragmenting it along religious lines. The country is not new to conflict, an unfortunately frequent occurrence since emerging from European colonization in the 20th century. This country is not Syria: it’s the Central African Republic (CAR). A landlocked country in central western Africa, the modern borders are fairly nascent to the area which has fossils … Continue reading Civil War in the Central African Republic