Leader Development & Education for Sustained Peace Program: Cross-Cultural, Geopolitical & Regional Education

Month: April 2012

Topic Debate: North Korea’s Failed Rocket Launch

Background: On Friday the 13, North Korea launched a rocket allegedly aiming to send a satellite into orbit on the 100 anniversary of national founder Kim Il-Sung’s birth. Despite these claims, the U.S. and others concerned viewed the launch as a test of North Korea’s long-range missile capabilities in delivering a nuclear warhead. Though the… Read More ›

LDESP PACOM News Update – April 2012

NOTE: This is an excerpt. Click here to see the news update in its entirety. The PACOM update includes news coverage from Pakistan to the Pacific Islands. As with all LDESP news briefs, the information contained within the PACOM update is to increase situational awareness. The PACOM update focuses on issues concerning South Asia, South… Read More ›

Scholarly Spotlight: Violence in Iraq

Scholarly Spotlight: Since the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011, there has been an increase in violence. Dan Murphy, of the Christian Science Monitor, considers the reason for Iraq’s ominous trendline of violence: “This is due to the same problem that the U.S.-led occupation authority had in coming to grips with terror-style attacks at… Read More ›

Human Interest: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Background: Prior to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan women experienced significant rights. They had a chance to obtain an education and the opportunity to work outside the home. However, after the Soviet forces withdrew from the country, various warlords and anarchy arose leading to the Taliban’s 1996 takeover. The Taliban sought to impose an extreme… Read More ›

Topic Debate: What Should the U.S. Do about the Crisis in Syria?

Background: Following the chain of protest movements in Tunisia and Egypt, the so-called Arab Spring arrived in Syria. The events in Syria began as small, disparate protests as early as January 2011 and eventually built up to larger protests in the cities of Daraa and Latakia by mid-March. By May, the Syrian Army had entered… Read More ›

LDESP USEUCOM News Update – April 2012

NOTE: This is an excerpt. Click here to see the news update in its entirety. Disclaimer: Articles are taken from established and diverse professional periodicals, news articles, and editorial commentaries from different countries, reflecting a range of political views/biases, that are intended to provide readers with a better understanding of various interests and perspectives regarding… Read More ›

LDESP Middle East News Update – April 2012

NOTE: This is an excerpt. Click here to see the news update in its entirety. The bimonthly LDESP Iraq News Update has transitioned to the monthly LDESP News Update From the Middle East. The Middle East update will include news coverage from Iran to Egypt. As with all LDESP news briefs, the information contained within… Read More ›

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