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Strife Feature – Political leaders with military backgrounds: a comparison of India and the US

June 25, 2018

by Saawani Raje The US and India are similar nations in many respects. They have both had fairly stable trajectories of progress in the course of their democratic histories. Covering large areas of geographical territory, they are both nationalistic territorial nations with a colonial past. Significantly, they both have a history of successful civilian rule … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Political leaders with military backgrounds: a comparison of India and the US”


Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election

April 27, 2018

By Jackson Oliver Webster     This article is part of a two-part pre- and post-election analysis of the Russian elections and their significance for the country and region going forward. The pre-election break-down can be found here.   It came as no surprise that, late in the evening of 18 March 2018, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin … Continue reading “Decrypting the effects of the Russian Presidential Election”


This is the year of the nationalist reckoning

February 19, 2018

By Dr Pablo de Orellana, King’s College London   Nationalism is back. In the last two years, nationalists have conquered the core of conventional politics in an electoral resurgence that has brought it back from the fringes. Its support, discourses and arguments draw on old logics but directly address grievances born out of global effects … Continue reading “This is the year of the nationalist reckoning”


Why Colombia’s Referendum Result Poses an Opportunity for Peace

October 12, 2016

By: Charlotte Manson Results from Sunday’s referendum in Colombia have been described as astonishing and disappointing that will potentially throw the country into tumultuous uncertainty. Many journalists leapt to compare Brexit and recent referendums in Hungary and Thailand with Colombia denouncing the use of referendums as “messy, dangerous and not as democratic as they may seem”  … Continue reading “Why Colombia’s Referendum Result Poses an Opportunity for Peace”


Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part IV: Society, Resources, and Conflict in Yemen

September 21, 2016

By: Dr. Charles Schmitz In Yemen, natural resources do not cause conflicts, people do.  The relationship between natural resources and people is mediated by society such that a simple, causal relationship between resource abundance or scarcity and conflict does not exist.  In Yemen, scarcity does not cause conflict; in fact, a better case might be made … Continue reading “Resource-Induced Conflicts, Part IV: Society, Resources, and Conflict in Yemen”


Book Review: Bremmer, Ian (2015), Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World

August 15, 2016

Reviewed by: Alexandria Reid Bremmer, I. Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, ( London: Portfolio Penguin), 2015. ISBN:978 0 24121 677 4 In his latest book, written with America’s 2016 election in mind, policy pundit and LinkedIn favourite Ian Bremmer laid out three competing visions of America’s future role in the world. Deliberately … Continue reading “Book Review: Bremmer, Ian (2015), Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World”


Find the money-pot: Interagency budgetpolitik and American foreign policy

August 10, 2016

By Jackson Webster Gee, I wonder how much partner capacity we can build with the gold at the end of that rainbow!   In policymaking, as in politics, it’s usually wisest to ‘follow the money.’ This famous tagline of All the President’s Men was of course referring to corruption within the Nixon administration, but the … Continue reading “Find the money-pot: Interagency budgetpolitik and American foreign policy”


The Politics of Authenticity

September 14, 2015

By: Claire Yorke Are we ready for our politicians to really be themselves?  Authenticity is a rare commodity in politics but one that is in high demand. The Labour leadership election last week provided a telling case in point. Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran backbencher and political outsider of the party, rose in the polls from … Continue reading “The Politics of Authenticity”


‘Yes we can’: some considerations about Podemos

October 3, 2014

By Sophie Bustos: A new political force emerged in the May 2014 European elections. Being the third Spanish political force in the European Parliament, the far-left party Podemos proved that a new political struggle had just begun in Spain. Or, to put it more accurately, the political and social struggles annihilated by Franco’s dictatorship and … Continue reading “‘Yes we can’: some considerations about Podemos”


Why is everyone Hitler?

October 1, 2014

By Thomas Colley: Why do so many political leaders seem incapable of analogising undesirable behaviour to anyone other than Hitler and the Nazis? Conflict in Ukraine has seen the protagonists base their propaganda on demonising the other side as ‘Nazis’ and ‘fascists’. David Cameron recently compared the dilemmas of dealing with Putin with those of … Continue reading “Why is everyone Hitler?”


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