About Melaine Furey

Melanie Furey is a research professional from Cleveland currently working abroad in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. Most recently Melanie worked as US Senator George V. Voinovich's Research Coordinator where she carried out several research projects on topics including the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War, diversity in the United States and American political parties. Now Melanie works as a teacher and is conducting independent research on US foreign policy, Costa Rica and Central American issues and other related topics while abroad. Melanie holds a B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Cleveland State University.
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The Results Are In: Brazil Presidential Elections Part 3

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  The results are in and Dilma Rousseff has been reelected as Brazil’s president. After a dramatic election season and a brutal run-off election, Rousseff squeaked out a victory with just 51.4 percent of the vote. Her win sent her opponent Senator Aecio Neves of the Social Democracy Party home on narrow margins. Rousseff of the…
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The Strange Case of the Fake Chinese Island Chain

Over the past two years, China has pursued agenda to strategically grow their power by constructing fake islands in the South China Sea. The country is staking claim on islands that they have little rights to near the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Brueni. More specifically, these countries have been fighting one another for decades…
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Crippling Drug Crime Perpetuates Violence Narrative In Mexico

Unfortunately stories of gang violence, brutal murders, and drug trafficking are nothing new in Mexico. Over the past seven years, violent clashes between drug cartels and their leaders, along with corruption within the government have plagued the country causing the Mexican people to feel frustration and confusion in their daily lives. Tensions reached a new…
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The Race for the Run-Off: The Brazilian Elections Part 2

As the last votes were counted on Sunday evening, the Brazilian people unable to chose a clear winner have sent into motion a runoff election for the Office of the President. The two winners, President Dilma Rousseff and Senator Aecio Neves, will advance to the next round of elections to be held on October 26th.…
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It’s Time to Pay Attention to Brazil’s Presidential Election

Picture Via Agence France-Presse There is something important happening in Brazil and it has nothing to do with obsolete World Cup stadiums or the upcoming Olympic Games. Brazil is set to hold the first round of elections for their president and thousands of legislative seats on Sunday. 142.8 million voters will head to the polls…
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