All posts by: "Becky Jones"

About Becky Jones

Becky Jones holds a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in comparative politics. Her research interests include the effectiveness and impact of ethnic political parties on policies and relations between ethnic groups, Balkan politics, democratization, EU politics and simulation assessment. Contrary to popular belief, her cats do not edit her work....usually.

Vicente Fox: A man with a purpose

This is a piece I wrote for Widener University after hearing Vicente Fox speak at the Widener Speaker Series. In a talk that moved from Washington state to Colorado to Ohio, through every presidential library in the U.S. and finished in Guanajuato, Mexico, Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, covered a wide range of topics…
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Hugo Chávez is Dead

The Venezuelan strongman died of cancer on Tuesday. As the CNN story notes, he left a deeply divided, economically fragile country behind. The vice-president of Venezuela noted that Chávez’s cancer was most likely caused by “outsiders” infecting him. Chávez was a populist; a politician who gained office by exploiting the worst fears of the population…
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Vietnam, Mali and the Al Qaeda Hydra

  What do Vietnam and Mali have in common? Well, both are former French colonies. Both experienced (and still are experiencing in Mali) armed uprisings by a significant portion of the population; both have had external forces arrive to help those doing the uprising; the French government made a decision to act militarily in support…
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Another African State Falls to Islamist Extremists

Photo courtesy of Times of London   Mali is a landlocked country (a former French colony) on the west coast of Africa; it’s primary claim to fame is that it is the location of the fabled city of Timbuktu. It also has a lot of gold. It shares a border with Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire and…
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Egyptians Storm The Castle

Photo credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images   President Morsi fled the presidential palace today just ahead of a mob of protesters. What makes this action unique for Egypt is that the army did not fire on the unarmed protesters. Under Mubarak, it is likely that the response would have been deadly. However, that does not mean…
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Son of Dear Leader Marks Father’s Death And Grandfather’s Birth

  Sometime between December 10 and December 22, North Korea plans on launching a long-range missile that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The time-frame is scheduled to coincide with events marking the first anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il (Dear Leader), father of the current ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. It…
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A Return To The Pharaohs?

  Last Thursday, while Americans gave thanks and stuffed themselves with turkey, Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi declared that the office of president was free from any judicial oversight. Essentially, Morsi said that he was no longer beholden to any other branch of government for any actions he chooses to take. Almost immediately, protests erupted…
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Myanmar and Burma

  President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton began a trip through Asia today, starting in Thailand. From Thailand, they will visit Burma, or Myanmar as its former military leaders renamed it; after only six hours in Burma Obama and Clinton will head to Cambodia. President Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit…
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What’s in Store for the Third Presidential Debate?

  The third and final presidential debate on Monday night will focus on foreign policy. What sorts of questions and issues can we expect to hear about? There are a few things that I expect will be brought up by the moderator and by each candidate. To begin with, Obama will have to defend his…
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Is the White House Engaging in a Cover Up of the Reasons or Groups Behind the Benghazi Attack?

As reports and comments from the State Department emerge, and Congressional testimony from security officials becomes public, it is starting to appear as though the Administration was engaged in a cover up of actions leading up to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as well as the embassy in Cairo. A background…
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Is The Syrian Civil War Expanding Into A Regional War?

  Syria’s civil war is beginning to draw in other states in the region, beyond the outpouring of refugees into neighboring countries. In June, Syria shot down a Turkish air force plane, killing two pilots and then fired on a search-and-rescue plane. Even with that Turkey limited its response. But now tension between the two…
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The Death of Anna Politkovskaya

On October 7, 2006, journalist Anna Politkovskaya was found shot to death in the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow. It was widely assumed at the time that it was a contract killing, with the contract taken out by the government of Vladimir Putin. Polikovskaya was a journalist who had reported extensively on the…
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