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Americas / Asia

The Emerging New World Order

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The rise of China is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, worrying and widely discussed topics in Foreign Affairs, and it will likely be the most important international relations story of the twenty-first century. Thus, in this article I will aim to give the reader a better understanding about the narrative that is out there about …

The Left united; Venezuela's Chavez, Brazil's Rousseff, Uruguay's Mujicia and Argentina's Fernandez de Kirchner
Americas / Blog

Dilma shows the Left’s endurance in Latin America

The Twentieth Century – particularly its second half – was not a particularly fruitful time for progressive, left-of-centre, or even democratic politics in Latin America. Barring the few strongholds of socialism, chief among them Cuba, the Republics in the USA’s ‘back yard’ were governed in large part by authoritarian strongmen often supported by Washington, and …

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Americas / Blog

The Foreign Policy Motives Behind the US and Cuba’s Historic Agreement

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President Obama’s announcement of new measures that will thaw relations between the US and Cuba is both long-overdue, and a canny foreign policy ploy by the White House.

For President Obama, with two years remaining in office, a landmark move with respect to Cuba will help buttress a liberal legacy …

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Americas / Blog

The Changing Landscape of Academic Exchange

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In the 68 years since its inception, Fulbright has sent more than 325,400 students, scholars, researchers, journalists, artists, and other professionals around the globe to pursue their passions, exemplifying the United States’ warm embrace toward public diplomacy. According to the annual Open Doors Report, a collaboration between the …

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Americas / International Development

Latin America Needs to Remember its New Middle Classes

 

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When international media, organisations and governments talk of the middle class in the developing world, it is often prefixed with terms such as ‘emerging’ or ‘expanding’. In 2011, the World Bank announced that more of Latin America’s population were middle class than …

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Americas / Asia

The Enduring Strengths of the Pax Americana

 

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From most accounts and commentaries it seems that the Chinese economy will soon surpass the United States within a decade or less.

Alongside this economic prophecy is the worry that America’s military may find it increasingly difficult to operate against an effective Chinese Access-Denial strategy. Protecting Taiwan and …

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Africa / Americas

The Future’s Bright; The Future’s Green. (Or at Least it May Be).

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There is an increasingly consistent rhetoric among some leading politicians and policy makers that there is huge potential of green industries to develop and create jobs within green economies. This is of course an attractive …

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Americas / Blog

Who will survive in America? A foreign policy perspective on Ferguson

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The murder of Michael Brown, shot dead by police in Ferguson Missouri, sparked riots fuelled by racial tensions that harked back to Rodney King twenty years earlier. The United States domestic issues with race refuse to go away, …

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Americas / Asia

Renew, Rebalance, or Reinvigorate? Rethinking the “Pivot to Asia”

United States President Barack Obama arrives on board helicopter Marine One before departing for a trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia on 17 November 2012. Photo source: White House/Lawrence Jackson via Wikimedia Commons.

Before we turn to Asia one thing must be clear: the Obama Administration’s foreign policy legacy will be judged, rightly or wrongly, …

China's Chief Naval Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert salute in Beijing during a July meeting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
Americas / Asia

America’s China paradox: Military leaders bridge a political divide

China’s Chief Naval Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert salute in Beijing during a July meeting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Go search “China U.S.” in Google News.

Looks pretty grim, doesn’t it? As of late, tussles over territory, trade disputes and fundamentally …