By 2020, Britain will have an Army at its smallest size since the start of the Napoleonic Wars.
Turkmenistan doesn’t have the same press attention, despite having the 3rd worst press freedom in the world, just below that of Burma and North Korea.
The strategy of the Obama doctrine – covert by nature, engaging and collaborative in public – found its cauldron in Syria and the Arab Spring.
The justice and home affairs council recently announced that it wished to amend the Schengen agreement in order to allow member states greater control of their borders. Add to this a seriously disgruntled European parliament and you know you are in trouble.
With the ever increasing amount of global governance needed to tackle issues from climate change to global trade, who can show leadership when there is no clear global superpower that alone has the weight to influence negotiations?
Now that the Muslim Brotherhood has established itself in Egyptian politics through democratic means, the West finds itself in a position where the phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’ seems entirely apt.
More recently we have seen a movement towards quantitatively analysing the global stock of ecosystems, the flow of services they provide, and what this means for our bank accounts.
In an election year dominated by the issue of the economy, it is perhaps unsurprising that the announcement of the Unites States’ most recent Africa Strategy came without much fanfare.
Lying to the North of Japan but to the East of Russia, four tiny Islands have represented the source of continued tension between these two states since the end of World War II.
Observers were quick to point to Putin’s recent state visit to the People’s Republic of China as being indicative of a new strengthening of relations that should be of concern to the West.