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What’s in a Speech? Putin’s Address to the United Nations Decoded

October 5, 2015 by


In the bumper week for Russian foreign policy just gone, we’ve seen war in Ukraine de-escalate and a new intervention in Syria—neither of which were particularly implied in President, Vladimir Putin’s speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday. Indeed, according to Samuel Greene, “it doesn’t really matter what [Putin] says.” Most of what we know derives from paying attention […]

The UN and Iran: Friend or Foe? Keep Them Close…

January 29, 2014 by


By withdrawing its invitation to Iran to join the Syria peace talks, the UN has missed a golden opportunity that carried very little actual risk. After initially inviting Iranian delegates to the Geneva II Conference the UN rescinded its invitation after angry responses from the US and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). Iran supports the […]

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 […]

Arms for Syrian Rebels: USA’s Bad Move?

June 15, 2013 by


Acting on evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons (therefore crossing the so-called ‘red line’), the White House has announced that it will begin arming the Syrian Opposition. So why are the Americans arming the rebels? Firstly it seems important to point out that this is nothing new. Croatian-made weapons, paid for by […]