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Afghanistan: Effective US Withdrawal is Impossible

November 24, 2013 by

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Talks among Afghan tribal elders are ongoing at the Loya Jirga this week over the prospect of the withdrawal of American troops in 2014. The outgoing President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has requested that any agreement should be signed after the presidential elections in April next year, however it is likely that a deal will […]

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.

Iran and Israel: Nuclear Energy in the Shadows

October 7, 2013 by

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Iran is currently crippled by international sanctions as a result of the west’s distrust of its nuclear programme. Many believe it is trying to reach a stage where it could quickly acquire a nuclear weapon. This is something the Iranian government has strongly denied. During the tenure of former-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tensions escalated to the […]

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: A Poker Game

September 29, 2013 by

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The UN has adopted a resolution to securely dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons after Russia and the US reached an apparent agreement. This has been hailed as a victory for international diplomacy. It isn’t. It is merely just another move in the poker game that is Syria, or rather, the Middle East. At first glance […]

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 […]