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The World Next Week: May 9, 2013

by Millie Tran with James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Turkey's Prime Minister visits the White House; Israel celebrates National Day while Palestinians mark al-Nakba; The Arctic Council meets in Sweden; and the Cannes film festival kicks off in France.
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The World Next Week: August 29, 2013

with Robert McMahon, James M. Lindsay
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Anticipation mounts over outside military action in Syria; the G20 summit begins in St. Petersburg; and President Obama visits Sweden.
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TEDTalks: Hans Rosling

by Hans Rosling
Hans Rosling, professor of international health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and founder of the non-profit Gapminder, uses visual representations of data along with his excellent storytelling skills to debunk a few myths about the developing world.
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Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy

This strategy, also known as the Finnish Initiative, was signed on June 14, 1991 by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the USSR, and the United States, five years before the founding of the Arctic Council. The strategy aims to monitor, protect, promote sustainable development in the Arctic region and recognize the rights of indigenous peoples in relation to environmental issues.
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Declaration of the Establishment of the Arctic Council, 1996

With this agreement (also known as the Ottawa Declaration) the Arctic Council was established on September 19, 1996, by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The Arctic Council is a forum to promote collaboration among the Arctic States, Arctic Indigenous communities, and other Arctic inhabitants on issues such as sustainable development and environmental protection.
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First World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Declaration and Agenda for Action

This Declaration and Agenda for Action was released at the 1st World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Stockholm, Sweden on August 31, 1996.The declaration begins, "We, gathered in Stockholm for the World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, representing the Governments of 122 countries, together with non-governmental organizations, the End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT) campaign, UNICEF and other agencies within the family of the United Nations, and other concerned organizations and individuals worldwide, hereby commit ourselves to a global partnership against the commercial sexual exploitation of children."
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Peace of Westphalia

The Peace of Westphalia is a collection of peace treaties that ended the Thirty Years' War and Eighty Years' War in 1648. Among the treaties' provisions were countries' sovereignty over their territories, territorial changes, and religious tolerance.
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The Emerging Arctic

by Jonathan Masters, Robert McMahon, Jeremy Sherlick, Hagit Ariav
The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably.