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A Conversation with Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations October 21, 2014 /

Ambassador Power will discuss the U.S. government’s efforts to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the gravest public health crisis in 40 years and a threat to international peace and security, as well as the crucial role Europe and the international community must play in developing a coordinated global response.

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In 8 Minutes or Less: John Bellinger Discusses Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Approaches October 17, 2014

Bruno Lete, GMF senior program officer for foreign and security policy, interviews John Bellinger III, partner at Arnold & Porter LLC in Washington DC, about transatlantic approaches to counter-terrorism. Bellinger is the former legal advisor to the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council.

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In 8 minutes or less: TTIP and the South Atlantic September 30, 2014

What impact will TTIP have on the South Atlantic?

Mideast Protests Drive Up Oil, Threaten Recovery February 01, 2011 / Bruce Stokes
Fiscal Times


With oil prices soaring past $100 a barrel on Monday, thanks to growing uncertainty about stability in the Middle East, the somewhat distant, feel-good, democracy-awakening story coming out of Egypt suddenly took on a more ominous, economic tone that could hit Americans where it hurts most — their wallets.

The prospect of significantly higher costs for driving, heating and running factories raised the specter of an economic slowdown just as the U.S. economy has been showing signs of finally recovering from the Great Recession. Of even greater danger, rising energy prices threaten to sap growth in Europe, where recovery is shallower, but even more urgently needed as the euro zone struggles to contain a sovereign debt crisis. A new recession in Europe, the world’s largest economic area, would send the dollar higher, dooming President Obama’s goal of creating desperately needed jobs by doubling U.S. exports by 2015.

The immediate threat of runaway oil prices remains slim. Egypt is an insignificant player in world oil trade and global petroleum stocks appear adequate to weather a prolonged storm. They currently stand at 145 days of imports. The International Energy Agency in Paris thinks 90 days are needed for market stability.

But oil spot markets are notoriously volatile. The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, has risen 44 percent since August, beginning its assent long before the turmoil in Tunisia, Algeria and now Egypt, driven by expectations of rising demand as the world economy improves.

For full article, please visit the Fiscal Times