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Brexit: Isolation Moderation in Action?

Posted by Edward Hodsdon on

Brexit: Isolation Moderation in Action?

In June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The vote was closely contested, with 51.9% voting to leave and 48.1% voting to remain. After 47 years as part of the European Union, Britain signalled its intent to shape its own destiny. In some ways, Brexit bears some of the hallmarks of the political philosophy of Isolation Moderation. This is particularly in regards to immigration and economic independence. Throughout this piece, we will take a look at Brexit through the lens of Isolation Moderation, to see if this political turning point really is an example of Isolation Moderation...

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Catalonia: A Case Study for Secessionism

Posted by Vanessa Semprun on

Catalonia: A Case Study for Secessionism

The issue of Catalan secession is a matter of of great political importance in the 21st century, as this region seeks to become an independent state from Spain. For years, Catalonia has been a culturally diverse region from the rest of Spain, through its economic activity, regional identity, and even its distinct language. Still, is that enough to achieve separation from Spain in legal and political terms? Secession is a process that was quite common during the past centuries, and is still occurring today. On many occasions, the secessionist act has been justified by the region's political, economic, social, or...

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Isolation Moderation and the Mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted by Shai Ben-Ephraim on

Isolation Moderation and the Mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

States often mediate disputes between belligerent parties. The principles of Isolation Moderation encourage mediation as a tool of international policy. However, this philosophy believes that a state government should not attempt mediation unless both sides welcome it. Mediation is the act of an individual or country working voluntarily with opposing sides in order to resolve a conflict without resorting to military force or legal resolution. Isolation Moderation supports a unilateral approach, as it does not encourage the use of international organizations for mediation in most cases.  This article will examine how these principles relate to American efforts to mediate the...

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Understanding Foreign Aid

Posted by Tonali Windslor on

Understanding Foreign Aid

Over the years, many developed nations have sent vast sums of money to poor and developing nations with the goal of alleviating poverty, improving health and education, and promoting economic development. Although the act of one nation giving another nation financial aid in order to help that nation is an admirable cause, and has been met with some success, in many cases this aid has been improperly administered, and has even caused unintended, counterproductive consequences. Trillions of dollars in foreign aid has been sent to poor and developing nations over the years to help them improve their situations. However, this...

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Capitalism and Communism: An Overview

Posted by Tonali Windslor on

Capitalism and Communism: An Overview

Capitalism has been rightly criticized for creating inequality and encouraging greedy and selfish behavior. The rapid expansion of capitalism in the nineteenth century due to the Industrial Revolution brought with it profound changes to the world. Machines were now able to do large amounts of work that skilled tradespeople had been doing by hand for centuries. The result of this was the development of large factories in major cities that employed large workforces of people to operate the equipment. During this time wages were low and working conditions were very poor, and employees had few (if any) rights. Workers in...

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