RAF Typoon Aircraft in the Middle East
Blog / International Security

East of Suez: Redux?

RAF Typhoon aircraft in the Middle East, Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons.

In April 2013, RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) released a report detailing the outcome of a busy 2012 for the coalition government in the Gulf. It reported that David Cameron had agreed to a ‘Joint Defence Partnership’ with the UAE on the …

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Blog / Europe

UK Election 2015: A Summary of Foreign and Defence Policy

Photo: Kevin Gordan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Although issues such as safeguarding the National Health Service (NHS) and the economy have dominated the current election campaign in Britain, each of the main political parties policies on Foreign Affairs and Defence are worthy of examination before 7th May. As the rise of Islamic State in the Middle …

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A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv.
Blog / Russia and Eurasia

Understanding Kharkiv, Ukraine

A map of Ukraine, highlighting the Kharkiv Oblast and the City of Kharkiv – via Wikimedia Commons

Kharkiv*, Ukraine’s second largest city, is located in the eastern part of the country, only 25 miles from the Russian border. Although Kharkiv has had less of a presence in international headlines than Donetsk and Kiev, it has …

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft at a base in Southern Italy during operations in Libya in 2011 – SAC Sally Raimondo via Defence Imagery
Blog / International Security

What’s Missing In Military Intervention

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft at a base in Southern Italy during operations in Libya in 2011 – SAC Sally Raimondo via Defence Imagery

Beginning in the 1990s, the concept of military intervention became increasingly accepted as a means of upholding the new humanitarianism of a post-Cold War order in which states’ sovereignty would …

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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 …

The European empires in 1914.
Blog / International Security

The End of Imperial History?

The European empires in 1914; Andrew0921 via Wikimedia Commons

World War II dealt a death-blow to the European colonial system, and the break-up of the former Soviet Union in 1991 completed the decolonisation of global politics. As the world gets progressively less Euro-centric, some of these lines are now beginning to vanish entirely. 2014 has …

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Asia / Blog

China-Japan Tensions Need to be Taken Seriously

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The violent response in Vietnam to Chinese and Taiwanese businesses after China began drilling for oil in disputed maritime areas is just the latest in a long line of skirmishes and rising tensions in East and Southeast Asia. Where these concern the bilateral territorial disagreements between China and Japan, there is …