Category: Global

Northern Fears: Preparing for and Watching Norden’s Doom

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Netflix’s “The Rain” has been released at the beginning of a new era of insecurity for the notoriously peaceful nation of Sweden.

Greek PM Tsipras calls for European alternative for IMF

Alexis Tsipras said that many EU leaders recognize the need for Europe to create its own institutions to deal with problems, instead of relying to outside help such as the IMF.

If There Was a Time to Support Reformists in Iran, It’s Now

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With Iran and Israel coming perilously close to the risk of war, now is the time to support reform in Iran.

N-of-1 Survey Finds Support for a Return to the Divine Right of Kings (A Satire)

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A satirical commentary on the feasibility of a return to the divine right of kings in light of a perceived decline of the rule of law.

Why Trump’s Meeting with North Korea Matters: The Asia-Middle East Connection

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Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un may be strategic for U.S. foreign politics in the face of strengthening relations between North Korea and Iran.

The UK: No Longer a Benevolent Patron

The UK: No Longer a Benevolent Patron

The UK’s decision to leave the EU, in particular, has initiated a set of centrifugal forces in the relationship between the UK and its Territories.

Turkish-U.S. Strategic Relations and the Syrian Civil War

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The U.S. should not neglect Turkey’s security concerns in Syria, while Turkey must be ready to see the Kurdish people play a role in Syria’s political transition.

Deal or No Deal? Europe and the Italian Elections

Deal or No Deal? Europe and the Italian Elections

While Italians have grown more Eurosceptic in these last few years, the reality is that even today most of them would not be prepared to leave the European Union.

The “Sustainable History” Thesis: A Guide for Regulating Trans- and Post-Humanism

The “Sustainable History” Thesis: A Guide for Regulating Trans- and Post-Humanism

The disruptions caused by technology will be particularly damaging for societal justice, where all countries already face challenges.

In Varietate Concordia: How Path Dependency Affects the Brexit Negotiations

In Varietate Concordia: How Path Dependency Affects the Brexit Negotiations

Britain has been, to quote Stephen George, an ‘awkward partner’ with warm feelings for European integration only present among pockets of society.

Turkish-American Relations and the Kurdish Thorn of Syria

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Turkey’s fight against the YPG and capture of Afrin serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Turkish power in Syria and puts poor Turkish-U.S. relations at further risk.

Normalization Negotiations between North Korea and Japan Revisited

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Japan is taking preemptive actions to normalize relations with North Korea in light of the upcoming summit talks between Kim and Trump, and negotiations with South Korea.

Brexit: Halfway In, Halfway Out

Brexit: Halfway In, Halfway Out

Much has been done and there will be a lot of pressure to reach an agreed withdrawal, but the hurdles are likely to make for another fraught year in British politics.

Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch: Why is Turkey Attacking the YPG in Syria?

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Turkey has entered Syria’s Afrin district to combat the YPG in order to guarantee security at the border as well as its place at the table of Syrian peace talks.

The Path to Authoritarianism: How do we get there?!

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Authoritarian regimes are assessed through their use of judiciaries to give legitimacy to autocratic rule, reinforcing the importance of the separation of powers doctrine

US and Russia: The Gray Zone Spiral Toward Open War

US and Russia: The Gray Zone Spiral Toward Open War

While many view Russian use of the Gray Zone as a strategic conundrum, such conflicts can logically lead to open warfare.

Anglo-French Defence Relations are Crucial for European Defence after Brexit

The annual UK – French Summit was held last month at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, coming at a time when European defence could go one of two ways. Either the present model continues, based

Why States-Rights States Can Take Responsibility for Their Own Catastrophes

Why States-Rights States Can Take Responsibility for Their Own Catastrophes

Lawlessness is not just a state of mind. It is institutional ineptitude, grandstanding, and otherwise efforts to keep the law from being properly enforced.