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Americas / Blog

If the US Wants to Lead, It Must Pay the Price of Leadership

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Recently, Republican politicians like businessman Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker have criticized the disparities in defence spending between the US and its allies. On the other side of the aisle, President Obama has voiced similar concerns. He has called on other nations to share the …

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Americas / Blog

Continuity and Foreign Policy

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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 …

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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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Blog / International Development

Are US Sanctions Reinforcing the Government in Tehran?

A young women strolls past US Embassy Facade in Tehran – Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons

Despite being one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, Iran still stands firm on their nuclear program. One simple conclusion from this is that economic sanctions don’t work as intended. In fact the constant economic pressures placed …

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Americas / Blog

Is the ISIS in Afghanistan an excuse to make the US troops stay?

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The phenomenon of listicles and click-baiting attempts has come to be: and that’s why I dismissed an article on one of India’s prominent listicle-sites. It mentioned that an ISIS flag fluttered in the wind, a few thousand kilometres from New Delhi.  It peaked my curiosity …

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Asia / Blog

India-China relations: Chess or Chinese checkers?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi JinPing at the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati,India [[CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]

Board games look deceptively simple but are notoriously hard to play. While most physical sports get over in an hour or two, board games take much longer. The winner requires patience, perseverance …

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Blog / International Development

What is needed to close Guantánamo Bay?

 

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H via wikicommons

The United Nations and other international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross have stated repeatedly that indefinite detention is illegal under international law; still it is the determined bitter fate of 33 men in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. The …

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Americas / Blog

A New US Foreign Policy? Hillary Clinton and the White House in 2016

Hillary Clinton speaking in Chicago, IL in 2006 – via WikiCommons

On 12 April 2015 Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her much-awaited candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 upcoming elections. “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion” she claimed on Twitter and simultaneously launched her campaign website the …

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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 …

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