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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Independence Fever

In a much less violent and more democratic way than history is accustomed to, Scotland was afforded the opportunity to vote their way to independence. Ultimately Scotland decided to stay with the United Kingdom. Although it may seem to some that an opportunity was wasted, the Scots’ decision to stay united is not a total…
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Should The Cuban Trade Embargo Be Scrapped?

It seems like ages ago that Americans spent 13 days wondering if we were on the brink of nuclear war as the Soviet Union and Cuban government engaged the Kennedy Administration in the tumultuous Cuban Missile Crisis. Or even longer ago when American CIA agents stormed the shores of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs…
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Why Should NATO Commit to Eastern Europe?

As the summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended in Wales, a plan to come to the aid of its Eastern European member nations and Ukraine emerged. President Obama made it clear at the closing press conference that “actions have consequences,” referring to Russia’s overreach in Ukraine and that the organization would protect…
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Water Conflict: A Lesson from Matt Damon’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Damon jumped on theASL Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon, joining millions of Americans who dumped icy water over their heads. However, Damon put a twist on the challenge by using ice-cold toilet water to symbolize the lack of clean water available around the world. The point that Damon was trying to stress is that 2.4…
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How Republicans Can Use The Border Crisis to Their Advantage

The saga of the American immigration crisis continued to grow over the summer months as unaccompanied children and families from Central America poured over the border with promises of seeking safety and a better life in the US. Unfortunately, the United States cannot live up to that promise. We have long known that our immigration…
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