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Ukraine and the ‘New Cold War’: The Return of Neutralism

June 4, 2014 by


Whether the Crimean crisis heralds a new era of international relations (or not), it has clearly been a pivotal moment in Russia’s relationship with the West. The world over balances of power are shifting, and though the United States remains unrivalled in sheer power, close to the borders of rising China and the increasingly-assertive Russia […]

Free Press Under Threat?: The State of UK Journalism

February 25, 2014 by


From Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks to the phone hacking scandal, journalists are increasingly making the news. While the UK government’s response to the allegations of phone hacking, a judge-led inquiry, was measured, its reaction to the revelations brought forth by Edward Snowden has been thinly veiled panic. And the result is worrying. Under pressure from […]

Kennedy’s Legacy and the Danger of Whatif History

November 21, 2013 by


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


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


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 […]