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Dissecting the Diplomatic Feud Between France and Italy

Strong criticism of French president Emmanuel Macron by Italian leaders has created a diplomatic firestorm between the long-time European allies. The current tensions between the two neighbours is fresh evidence of how two competing political visions of Europe are clashing ahead of EU parliamentary elections. “I hope the French will be able to free themselves […]

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Posted in Europe, European Union, France, World

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Why the Paris Agreement Will Survive Donald Trump

New members of the United States Congress supporting a Green New Deal do so against a backdrop of increasing American isolation on climate change, driven by President Trump’s intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Despite impending American non-participation, which will formally take effect after November 4, 2020, the international community reached a milestone in […]

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Posted in Environmental Security, UN, World

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‘Presidential Initiatives’: A Way to Revive U.S–Russia Arms Control?

There is every reason to believe that Russia will not come back into compliance with the INF Treaty, thus setting the stage for a US withdrawal from the landmark agreement. The demise of the INF Treaty would jeopardize ‘New START’, one of the last remaining pillars of the arms control regime. Although the agreement expires […]

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Baires. Abril 26 de 2013.- El jefe de Gobierno porteño, Mauricio Macri, ofreció 
esta noche en el Palacio Municipal una conferencia de prensa sobre los incidentes 
registrados por la mañana en el barrio de Baracas.      Estuvo acompañado por la 
vicejefa de Gobierno, María Eugenia Vidal; el jefe de Gabinete, Horacio Rodríguez 
Larreta, y los ministros de Justicia y Seguridad, Guillermo Monetengro; de salud, 
Graciela Reybaud, y de Desarrollo Urbano, Daniel Chain.
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Argentina’s Currency Crisis Sparks Global Concerns on Emerging Markets

Since its freefall earlier this summer the Argentine peso continues to hold very little value, trading at about 39 pesos per U.S. dollar. Just four months ago, the peso was worth a much stronger 20 pesos per dollar, which is nearly a 50 percent depreciation in 120 days. The currency depreciation crisis mirrors crises occurring […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, Global Economy, World

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Weighing the Risks of Unintended Consequences in the US-China Trade War

The opening shots in the “trade war” between Washington and Beijing have raised concerns around the whole world, causing a heated debate about the logic of the Trump Administration’s policy against China. While most analysis has focussed on the economic effects of the trade war, less discussed has been the dispute’s impact on other areas […]

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Video: Trump’s Immigration Policy Assessed

Video: Trump’s Immigration Policy Assessed

While both sides of the aisle, with some exceptions, have vehemently protested Trump’s ‘No Tolerance’ border immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation of thousands of families, the practical and policy consequences have been unprecedented. From executive orders to ultimatums from federal judges, the discourse in DC often overlooks events ‘on the ground’. This video by […]

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Posted in Global Politics Videos, World

Video: What US and UK media won’t tell you about the war in Yemen

The Western Media Silence About the War in Yemen

Over 10,000 people have died in the war in Yemen, which has entered its fourth year, and about 80 percent of the population is in need of humanitarian aid. Despite the gravity of the situation, Yemen’s conflict, which has been described as the “forgotten war” by Amnesty International, receives very little media coverage. Western news […]

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Posted in Global Politics Videos, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, UK News, US, World, Yemen

Video: Who is Mexico’s New President?

Video: Who is Mexico’s New President?

Mexico’s new president is a brash, politically ambiguous populist who draws many comparisons to Donald Trump. BBC News has five things you need to know about the man who will be engaging with the American leader on some of North America’s most pressing issues. Source: BBC News.

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Posted in Global Politics Videos, World

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China is Winning the Propaganda War on Taiwan

Last month, two more countries broke away from the fast dwindling assortment of diplomatic allies that officially recognise Taiwan as a sovereign state. The political volte-face in May by the Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso in favour of closer ties with Beijing follows a long trend of diplomatic shifts that leave Taiwan increasingly isolated on the […]

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Posted in Asia, China, Conflict, Political Security, Security Issues, World

Video: Hilary Benn Scorns UK Government’s Brexit Strategy

Video: Hilary Benn Scorns UK Government’s Brexit Strategy

Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the Commons Brexit committee, has always been a great performer in Parliament. Here, he lays into the UK Government’s Brexit strategy, likening it to disembarking from a liner into a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean.        

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Posted in Europe, European Union, Global Politics Videos, UK News, World

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran Looks to Mitigate Effects of US Withdrawal

The withdrawal of the Trump Administration from the Iran nuclear deal was a long time coming. Concluded in 2015 after months of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries (United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China and Germany), the agreement seemingly provided a win-win outcome both in terms of the international community’s desire to rein […]

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Posted in Economics, Global Economy, Iran, Middle East, US, World

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Africa Rising? An Economic Analysis of the CFTA

Following two years of negotiations, a historic agreement that formally establishes the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was signed on 21 March 2018 by representatives of 44 member states of the African Union in the Rwandan capital. Once adopted, greater market integration on the continent will follow. Global competition is fierce and African nations […]

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Posted in Africa, Economics, Global Economy, World

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How to Prevent Further Rifts Between the US and Turkey in Syria

By U.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Authors: Dr Simon A. Waldman is a Mercator-IPC fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center and a visiting research fellow at King’s College London. Engin Onuk is an intern at the İstanbul Policy Center and a masters student in the International Relations Department in İstanbul […]

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Posted in Middle East, Syria, Turkey, World

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Kabila and the DRC: A Perfect Storm of Problems

The UN Under-Sectretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this week for the first time. Following meetings with internally displaced persons, Lowcock underscored that the DRC is the site of one of the most devastating humanitarian crises in the world today. A year after his term ended, Congolese […]

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Posted in Africa, Conflict, Refugees, UN, World

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Saudi Arabia in Transition: Mohammed bin Salman and Vision 2030

A new country is gradually emerging from the desert terrain of Saudi Arabia. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as the Crown Prince is commonly known, is at the helm. At 32 years of age, Mohammed bin Salman is the youngest minister of defence in the world, and is offering an ambitious programme of economic, religious, […]

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Posted in corruption, Economic Security, Global Economy, Saudi Arabia, World

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Why the US Should Rethink Military Support for Ukraine

University of Nottingham (Ningbo Campus) Assistant Professor Nicholas Ross Smith argues that while arming Ukraine may be the right thing to do, it naively underestimates the geopolitical reality of Eastern Europe and could result in a far worse outcome for both Ukraine and Europe. Donald Trump’s recent decision to approve the sale of more lethal arms […]

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Posted in Europe, European Union, NATO, Russia, Ukraine Conflict, US, World

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Tito and Yugonostalgia: Name Change Reveals Political Fault Lines in Croatia

The decision of municipal authorities in the Croatian cities of Zagreb and Karlovac to remove former Yugoslav president Tito’s name from streets and squares has rekindled the debate over the ruler’s legacy. Here, Tony Fabijančić assesses attitudes for and against Tito, nostalgia for the former Yugoslavia (“Yugonostalgia”), and the ongoing political division between left and […]

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Posted in Europe, European Union, World

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KANT: A Workable Model for European Armaments Collaboration?

Europe is currently facing a fundamental shift in its approach to armaments procurement: cooperation both between countries and manufacturers in the development and production of armaments is considered the only way forward in the coming decades. With Germany and France representing the vanguard of the European defense industry, the fate of their KANT project symbolizes […]

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Posted in Europe, France, Germany, Security Issues, Technology, World

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The Truth Behind the Fiction: 16 Days to End Violence Against Women

The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has gripped viewers and political pundits alike, since its release in April 2017, for its astonishingly realistic parallels between the fictional world of Gilead, and the very real Donald Trump led USA. As the global campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence draws to […]

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Posted in Culture, Global Economy, Security Issues, UN, World

President of Zimbabwe Addresses General Assembly

Don’t Lift Sanctions on Zimbabwe – Just Yet

Zimbabwe has finally toppled its longtime dictator, Robert Mugabe. So it’s time for the the international community to lift its sanctions on the country, right? Wrong. The new leader of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was one of Mugabe’s most notorious henchmen until he fell out of favor a few months ago. It would be premature to […]

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Posted in Africa, Global Economy, UN, World

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