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What Are The World’s Most Powerful Militaries?

What Are The World’s Most Powerful Militaries?

In September 2015, China celebrated their World War Two victory over Japan with a massive military parade. Roughly 12,000 troops marched through Tiananmen Square, a small fraction of China’s total military manpower. Military size often correlates with global influence, so we wanted to know: what are the world’s biggest militaries? Well, military strength can be measured in a number of different ways. In terms of total troop levels, China takes the lead, with roughly 3 million armed forces personnel. That’s…

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How Powerful Is The United Nations?

How Powerful Is The United Nations?

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution that quote “condemns in the strongest terms”, the attack that brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. They also demanded unfettered access to the crash site. But they haven’t yet listed this resolution under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, so the resolution is not enforceable. And they gave in to pressure from Russia and changed the phrase “shooting down” to “downing” so they didn’t even use the “strongest terms”…

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James Patterson on the anti-communism and Catholic patriotism of Venerable Fulton Sheen

James Patterson on the anti-communism and Catholic patriotism of Venerable Fulton Sheen

So it is my privilege also to introduce to you my friend, Dr. James Patterson, who holds a Ph.D. in American politics from the University of Virginia. He’s held teaching positions at a Hampden-Sydney College and Gettysburg College, and done postdoctoral fellowships at Duke University and at Princeton University. He now holds a position as Associate Professor of Politics at Ave Maria University in southern Florida. You’ll notice that we have him listed as assistant professor; in between when this…

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NATO Explained

NATO Explained

I’m Mr. Beat What is NATO? Steven: You know, it’s that mushy stuff that’s really colorful that you can make really cool stuff out of like…edible pancakes! No Steven. Absolutely not. NATO, not Playdoh. And it’s not edible, so hopefully you’re not eating that. NATO is an acronym that stands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military alliance of 29 European and North American democratic countries. But how did NATO get started? What’s its purpose? In this video I…

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Ethnic chauvinism: Why the whole world shouldn’t look like America | Sean McFate

Ethnic chauvinism: Why the whole world shouldn’t look like America | Sean McFate

1989, the Berlin Wall crashes, and a lot of America jumped with joy. We won the Cold War, et cetera. Whether that’s true, it’s a different debate. But there were a couple scholars out there who thought — you know, like Frank Fukuyama wrote a book called “The End of History.” He said, “The future is Utopia. It’s going to be all great. There’s not going to be any more political disagreement anywhere in the world because American democracy has…

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The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Germany

The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Germany

Before Germany there was a Prussia, an Austria, and thirty-seven smaller independent German countries. Napoleon had left Europe in an awful mess so when he lost, the victorious met in Vienna to fix the borders that he’d thrown all into disarray. This ‘Congress of Vienna’ wasn’t a punishment (like a certain treaty a century later would be to Germany) but instead to restabilise the continent once more by drawing out the spheres of influence, balancing enemies and allies with and…

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Episode 1 (Segment 3): Challenges and Dilemmas of Black Studies

Episode 1 (Segment 3): Challenges and Dilemmas of Black Studies

As a relatively new and still developing discipline, Black Studies faces many challenges, dilemmas and paradoxes that scholars, students and academics must grapple with. Among them: Given that black studies is both a response to and a means of addressing social inequality how we get around the fact that social inequality is largely a barrier between black studies those whose needs it is intended to address? How do we achieve and educational impact on a critical mass of people in…

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Episode 1 (Segment 2): The Establishment of Black Studies

Episode 1 (Segment 2): The Establishment of Black Studies

As we can see, the critical issue here is the power to define. Since historically the black experience has been defined through the European lens (at least over the past four hundred years or so) Black Studies is largely an effort to reclaim and redefine the experience of persons of African descent. That’s exactly the reason why naming is so important. The different departments that have of sprung up throughout the country do vary in the terms they use to…

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On Deterrence

On Deterrence

>>It has become increasingly clear that today, nearly 25 years since the end of the Cold War, nuclear deterrence is as important as it was during the Cold War. What has changed is the landscape of deterrents, which has become more complex with increased danger of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. While deterrence is a dynamic concept it remains the cornerstone of our national security and the security of our friends and allies. If the nuclear community is to move…

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What Is Communism?

What Is Communism?

As diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States improve, we wanted to look at the political philosophy behind the long embargoed nation. Cuba is one of the last communist dictatorships left in the world, and since extreme anti-communist sentiments in the mid 20th century, the philosophy has been a regular fixture in political discussions. So we wanted to know, what exactly is communism? Well, there are a number of overlapping philosophies and socioeconomic systems that can be described as…

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