Dr. Courtney Smith: A Statement from the Dean of the School of Diplomacy’s New Dean

Dean Courtney Smith joined the School of Diplomacy 20 years ago. Due to his strong research understanding and professional relationship with the United Nations, Dean Smith became a Pirate directly following the Diplomacy School’s founding.

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FOCUS on Firearms: Switzerland

In Switzerland, gun-ownership is something of a unique culture. There is a comfort surrounding firearm ownership that many would not find around the world. In the United States, it is often hailed as a success of liberal gun laws and the right to bear arms. Switzerland has the third-highest rate of private gun ownership in the world – behind the U.S. and Yemen.

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ISIS Loses Final Stronghold in Syria, Yet Retains Funds and Influence in the Region

On Saturday March 22, The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the end of the so-called “caliphate” declared by the terrorist group in 2014. After fully liberating the small village of Baghouz in eastern Syria, the coalition of Kurdish and Arab soldiers backed by American, British, and French Special Forces said that it has officially defeated ISIS.

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European Union sends reform proposals for WTO, in hopes to break U.S deadlock.

The European Commission released a press statement calling for “concrete changes” to break the current deadlock in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body. The statement announced that the proposal would be presented at the meeting of the WTO General Council on December 12.

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