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Weighing the Risks of Unintended Consequences in the U.S.-China Trade War Video: Trump The Western Media Silence About the War in Yemen Video: Who is Mexico China is Winning the Propaganda War on Taiwan Video: Hilary Benn Scorns UK Government Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran Looks to Mitigate Effects of US Withdrawal Africa Rising? An Economic Analysis of the CFTA How to Prevent Further Rifts Between the US and Turkey in Syria Kabila and the DRC: A Perfect Storm of Problems Saudi Arabia in Transition: Mohammed bin Salman and Vision 2030 Why the U.S. Should Rethink Military Support for Ukraine
 
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Weighing the Risks of Unintended Consequences in the U.S.-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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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Why the U.S. 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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Weighing the Risks of Unintended Consequences in the U.S.-China Trade War

August 21, 2018

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

The Western Media Silence About the War in Yemen

July 3, 2018

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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China is Winning the Propaganda War on Taiwan

June 22, 2018

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

May 23, 2018

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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Africa Rising? An Economic Analysis of the CFTA

April 27, 2018

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

March 24, 2018

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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Why the U.S. Should Rethink Military Support for Ukraine

January 11, 2018

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

January 1, 2018

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?

December 19, 2017

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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Don’t Lift Sanctions on Zimbabwe – Just Yet

November 29, 2017

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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Reviving Islamic Epistemology as a Solution to Jihadi Terrorism

September 20, 2017

I do not pretend to have a silver bullet solution to the problem of Islamic terrorism. A successful strategy against Islamic terrorist organisations would encompass a re-organisation of geopolitical alliances in the Middle East, effective military actions, and socio-economic changes (fairer distribution of resources, better education, etc.) in the majority of Muslim nations. On the […]

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Posted in Conflict, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Religion, Saudi Arabia, Security Issues, Terrorism, World

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In Pursuit of Accountability for War Crimes in Iraq

September 14, 2017

What comes next as British Government targets lawyers and closes investigative body? By Thomas Obel Hansen This Article is based on research conducted under a British Academy grant involving interviews with relevant stakeholders. A more comprehensive academic article addressing the same topics is scheduled for publication later this year.  An examination opened by the International […]

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Posted in Conflict, Iraq, Terrorism, UK News, World

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The Economics of Catalan Secession from Spain

August 4, 2017

Image by David Tubau (Energético) One year on from the Brexit vote, Europe’s economy faces yet another monumental challenge in the shape of the Catalan independence referendum. There are doubts as to whether the referendum will go ahead; a referendum on independence was held in 2014, but after the Spanish constitutional court annulled it, the […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, European Union, Global Economy, World

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Macron’s New Cabinet Heralds Revival of a European Defence

May 22, 2017

With the recent nomination of his government, President Macron takes a chance to rejuvenate the idea of a European defence, an ambitious plan that collapsed when it failed to obtain the ratification in the French Parliament back in 1954. The European Defence Community emerged from the Pleven plan, proposed in 1950 by the French Prime […]

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Posted in Europe, European Union, France, World

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CETA and TPP: Why Understanding Trade Matters Politically

April 17, 2017

With an overwhelming majority of 408 votes against 254, the European Parliament recently approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. This came only three weeks after Donald Trump’s formal withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a deal involving 12 nations around the Pacific Ocean. As trade is silently shaking world politics […]

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Posted in Europe, Global Economy, US, World

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The Panama Papers: Reimainging the Moral Force of Law

September 22, 2016

This piece was originally published by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism The release of over 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian based law firm, has revealed the lengths to which individuals and companies will go to avoid their national tax obligations. When asked about the problem of tax avoidance, President Barack Obama acknowledged that those […]

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Understanding the Ripple Effects of a U.S.-China Trade War

July 9, 2018

The United States has recently taken an aggressive approach to evening-out what U.S. President Donald Trump sees as a major trade imbalance. At the risk of a possible trade war, the President has implemented tariffs against the EU and China on major goods such as steel and automobiles. But retaliatory tariffs are planned in response. […]

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Video: Trump’s Immigration Policy Assessed

Video: Trump’s Immigration Policy Assessed

July 6, 2018

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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Video: Who is Mexico’s New President?

Video: Who is Mexico’s New President?

July 3, 2018

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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Video: Hilary Benn Scorns UK Government’s Brexit Strategy

Video: Hilary Benn Scorns UK Government’s Brexit Strategy

June 15, 2018

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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China’s One Belt, One Road: Influence Through Infrastructure

March 27, 2018

In the autumn of 2013, China’s president, Xi Jinping, first introduced plans for what has become known as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, the largest integrated international infrastructure project the country has yet undertaken. The plan consists of a land-based economic belt and a string of ports constituting a ‘maritime silk road’, stretching from […]

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Kabila and the DRC: A Perfect Storm of Problems

March 19, 2018

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

February 25, 2018

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

December 10, 2017

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

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Reassessing the Impact of State Terrorism

November 4, 2017

Mass media and politicians often describe terrorism as one of the greatest security threats to international society. These bold claims have contributed towards an unquestioned belief that terrorism has become a grave threat to our everyday lives. The sporadic and murderous nature of terrorism has been a powerful influence on public threat perception. However, the […]

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Posted in Conflict, Europe, Latin America, Security Issues, Terrorism, US, World

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No Cheers Yet for Liberia

October 18, 2017

The international community has been quick to praise Liberia’s presidential elections as marking the country’s first peaceful transition of power in decades, with former football star George Weah taking an early lead in provisional results. This is indeed a remarkable feat for a country that has been ravaged by two civil wars, unexpected slumps in […]

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