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.
A historical tendency which seems obvious enough is the fact that hardships and xenophobia go hand-in-hand. Europe’s historical past has a special tinge to it which puts it aside from its American cousins and that is the continent’s imperial past.
With the end of the Cold War, the past two decades has witnessed a shift away from ‘made in Britain’ defence products in a series of efforts to reduce defence expenditure and balance the books.
Democracy is hailed among the highest of Western values; one that occupies our politicians’ speeches, their lawmaking and their foreign diplomacy. In South and Central Asian countries these convenient labels are applied as much as anywhere.
The prominence of the vocal, online crowd in so much of our news has rapidly been accepted into our common reality. So rapidly that this reality is much more mature than the debate over its implications.
David Cameron became the first Western leader to officially visit Burma (Myanmar) since Aung San Suu Kyi won a succession of by-elections in April.
Diego Garcia-an island in the Chagos Archipelago, is a footprint-shaped atoll in the Indian Ocean, a tropical paradise in a vast ocean. Today the island is more associated with…the war on terrorism.
The 21st century was never destined to be an easy one, not least because of the threat of global warming.