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Americas / Blog

Hillary Sidelines Her Foreign Policy

Hillary Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa on June 14, 2015 – Gregory Hauenstein via Flickr Creative Commons

On Saturday June 13, Hillary Clinton officially kicked off her presidential campaign at a rally in New York City. Though very little of her time was spent on foreign policy or her experience as Secretary of State, her …

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Americas / Blog

Democratic Socialism in the US: The Presidential Campaign of Bernie Sanders

Senator Sanders. Photo Source: John Pemble via Flickr Creative Commons.

On 26 May, 2015, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States, making him the first official challenger to Hillary Clinton from within the Democratic Party. While Clinton is still largely considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Sanders’ …

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Americas / Blog

Is the ISIS in Afghanistan an excuse to make the US troops stay?

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The phenomenon of listicles and click-baiting attempts has come to be: and that’s why I dismissed an article on one of India’s prominent listicle-sites. It mentioned that an ISIS flag fluttered in the wind, a few thousand kilometres from New Delhi.  It peaked my curiosity …

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Americas / Asia

Entrapment, Commitment and the Pivot to Asia

Key to the Pivot is an enlarged US Navy presence in the Pacific, seen here exercising with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force. Photo source: United States Navy via Wikimedia Commons

In 1971 in an article entitled ‘The Big Influence of Small Allies’ for Foreign Policy, Robert Keohane outlined his concerns that the US’ smaller allies …

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Americas / Blog

US and Iran: Path for peace or cause for friction?

P5+1 Leaders stand with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif after the Nuclear Deal conference in Geneva Switzerland, US Government work via Flickr.

After sixty years of delicate relations between the United States and Iran, an agreed nuclear framework defended by President Barack Obama has produced a historic breakthrough. The deal will officially set the scene for …

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Americas / Blog

What would a Hillary Clinton administration look like for the Middle East?

Photo via Flickr Marc Nozell / 14 April 2007

When Hillary Clinton announced her entrance into the race for Obama’s successor in April this year critiques were quick to point to her age, gender and most significantly turbulent reputation as ex-secretary of state following the Arab Spring and Benghazi controversies. Conversely, her supporters herald Clinton …

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Americas / Americas

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement: Exposing the Facade

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons

Colombia is a country on the rise. Lauded by the West as an example of how a country can overcome internal strife and civil conflicts by embracing neo-liberalism and free-trade capitalism, welcoming multi-national corporations, collaborating with the US against drug gangs, …

Hillary Clinton speaking in Chicago, IL in 2006 - via WikiCommons
Americas / Blog

A New US Foreign Policy? Hillary Clinton and the White House in 2016

Hillary Clinton speaking in Chicago, IL in 2006 – via WikiCommons

On 12 April 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her much-awaited candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 upcoming elections. “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion” she claimed on Twitter and simultaneously launched her campaign website the …

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Americas / Blog

Fair Trade, Free Trade and contradictory politics of the UK and EU

From the Fairtrade Foundation Campaign `Pushed into Poverty: Stand by Sugar Cane Farmers`

The UK election approaches and the focus on domestic issues dominate discussions in the media. In manifestos and debates the parties have been preoccupied with defence and security. On global economic development there is a general commitment to maintaining 0.7 percent of …