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First Russia-African Summit Held in Sochi

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted 43 African leaders in Sochi for the first Russia-Africa summit (AP). Putin spoke with African officials on establishing defense and trade agreements, and announced the relief of $20 billion in African debts (AP). Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russian leadership will improve the political influence of African leaders among […]

U.S. Military Recognizes Threat of Climate Change

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Top U.S. defense officials released a series of documents that affirm that climate change “presents a strategically-significant risk to U.S. national security” (Reuters). The report also notes, “Inaction is not a viable option” (Reuters). Risks range from the impact of flood and extreme weather on coastal installations, to disruption in fragile states with limited resources […]

Brexit Revives Talk of European Army

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On September 14, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, conducted the annual European Union State of the Union address. During his speech, Juncker encouraged the creation of a permanent European headquarters to coordinate EU security and defense initiatives (Europa). The UK’s referendum to leave the EU, known as “Brexit,” renewed the push for a […]