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Hanging in the Balance: Ukraine’s Russian Republic

March 1, 2014 by

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Over the past four or so months, Ukraine has witnessed protest and rioting that dwarfs its 2004 Orange Revolution in every respect. Beginning as a protest against what was seen as undue Russian influence in Ukraine’s last-minute withdrawal from an Association Agreement with the European Union, this volte-face in favour of closer Russian association soon came […]

Two Very Different Wars on Terrorism: How the Cold War Haunts Collaboration

February 3, 2014 by

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On the 29th of December, at 12:40 Moscow Time, an explosion gutted the entrance to Volgograd’s central train station leaving eighteen dead and forty-four injured. The explosion was recorded on CCTV, the shockwave rocking the camera while those civilians visible scatter from the blast. The very next morning a trolleybus erupted in the Dzerzhinsky district, killing […]

China’s ADIZ: A Political Skirmish

December 3, 2013 by

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China’s declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone has prompted much debate around American strategy in the region, and how long-term interests must be served in light of the ambitions of this rising power. This has detracted somewhat from the edict itself—it’s dismissed as a fulfilment of our preconceptions of China (an expansionist power), and as […]

Kennedy’s Legacy and the Danger of Whatif History

November 21, 2013 by

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More so than most figures in U.S. history, the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination will evoke much soul-searching not just in America but around the world. Those old enough to recall his tenure will reminisce about opportunities lost, but for all to see, the spectre of youth and modernity Kennedy embodied will be revived. […]

Vladimir Putin: An Unlikely Nobel Laureate

October 24, 2013 by

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Following the seemingly emerging trend of bestowing prestigious international awards to unlikely and contentious candidates, this year’s Nobel Peace prize will go to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Obama and Rouhani: Cordial Relations Are Still a Long Way Off

October 5, 2013 by

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History was apparently made when Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, received a phone call from Barack Obama at the United Nations assembly last month. It marked the first time in 27 years that senior leaders of each government had talked directly, and—besides exchanging the usual sycophantic pleasantries—they reportedly discussed their mutual desire to rapidly resolve the […]

Syria’s an International Game, but Britain’s no longer an International Player

September 25, 2013 by

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In the wake of what George Galloway has called the “democratic revolt” against the government it seems increasingly unlikely that Britain will participate in military strikes against Syria. Worth exploring, however, is why the government was so desperate to intervene, what were their stated motives, and what impact parliament’s decision might have on Britain’s status […]