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Blog / Europe

Does Blair Deserve the Blame for Iraq?

The much-awaited Chilcot Inquiry, published on 6 July, was ultimately anticlimactic. It confirmed most of what we knew already: that the Iraq War was misguided and poorly handled. Condemning the aims and methods of the war, the faulty intelligence that provoked it, and the lack of strategic plan for its aftermath, Sir John Chilcot presented an …

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Americas / Blog

Continuity and Foreign Policy

Obama and Biden – The White House via Flickr

 

In 2008, Obama entered the oval office full of hopes, his campaign promises had included a completely different approach to foreign policy than his Republican predecessor. Obama had seduced American citizens and the world with his clear opposition to the war in Iraq, his recognition of …

Protestors outside the  Supreme Court of the United States invoke the rhetoric of an existential threat posed to the United States (Courtesy of Elvert Barnes under Creative Commons Licence)
Americas / Blog

Charleston & Foreign Policy: Obsession with Terrorism is Hindering Smart Policy

Protestors outside the Supreme Court of the United States invoke the rhetoric of an existential threat posed to the United States (Courtesy of Elvert Barnes under Creative Commons Licence)

I am an American. And, as an American, the process of tragedy, confusion, debate, politicisation, and condolence following mass violence should be all too familiar …

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons
Americas / Asia

The Geopolitics of the Oceans

U.S. Pacific Fleet in waters East of Okinawa (July 30, 2014) via Flickr Commons

The world’s oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth. They have been and still are an integral part of human history, our food chain and environment. Yet, most geopolitical discussions nowadays are focused on land based territorial disputes. This …

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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’ …

The conflict in Ukraine has heightened tensions between Russia and NATO. Photo source: Sasha Maksymenko via Flickr Creative Commons.
Blog / International Security

Staying the Sword of Damocles: The Challenges Facing Nuclear Disarmament

The General election poses challenges for Britain’s Trident deterrent – estimated to cost £100bn over the next 30 years. Photo source: UK Ministry of Defence via Flickr Creative Commons

In December of last year the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) convened in Austria, the latest conference in a series of talks held previously in Norway …

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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 …

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Americas / Blog

The Global Implications of US Internet Regulation

Symbolizing net neutrality. Photo source: Camilo Sanchez via Wikimedia Commons.

The United States has long been at the forefront of managing the Internet. Since this technology’s earliest days, US government regulation has created a competitive environment that inspires online innovation. In May, however, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved plans to seek controversial new rules for …