China: Out For Itself, or New Global Leader?

China: Out For Itself, or New Global Leader?

The Sino-American relationship has always been one of immense importance, shakily carried on throughout the years, but built off a mutual need for each other. Over the last 40 years, China has flourished, integrating itself into the global market and engaging with increasing confidence in the global economic order. ‘Today,...
Blockchain, Bitcoin & Beyond: Making Cents of Digital Currency

Blockchain, Bitcoin & Beyond: Making Cents of Digital Currency

Blockchain rose to prominence in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Built upon a decentralised system of computer protocols and algorithms— known as ‘distributed ledger technology’— blockchain facilitates financial transactions made over the Internet. This technology has been mobilised to advance hundreds of digital currencies, among them: bitcoin,...
New Name, Same Strategies - Pence Promises a New North Korean Policy

New Name, Same Strategies – Pence Promises a New North Korean Policy

American Vice President Mike Pence recently visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to deliver a speech, and emphasised that the American policy toward North Korea would be changing in the Trump era. Standing near the border between the two countries, Pence made it clear Trump would abandon the previous strategy...
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Stockholm: Terror’s Latest Target

Stockholm: Terror’s Latest Target

On Friday 7 April, Stockholm became the newest site in an ever increasing global pattern of terror. Just before 3pm local time, a stolen beer truck plowed into pedestrians on Drottninggatan (Queen Street), a busy shopping district in the heart of Stockholm, before crashing into a department store. The attack immediately claimed the lives of...
Is it justified to strip the Syrian President’s wife of her British citizenship?

Is it justified to strip the Syrian President’s wife of her British citizenship?

In the wake of the sarin gas attacks that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out on citizens in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province in Syria, killing at least 80 people, there have been calls from MPs to have the British citizenship of his wife, Asma al-Assad, removed. In the days...
A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

A Tense Game of Dominoes: The U.S., Russia, and Chechnya Stalemate

The United States’ volatile relationship with Russia is poised to become yet more tense in light of recent reports of anti-gay human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, notable for its courageous pursuit of investigative stories, reported on 1 April that at least 100 men had been detained...
Erdogan and the Turkish Referendum: A False Promise?

Erdogan and the Turkish Referendum: A False Promise?

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a referendum granting him sweeping powers, fundamentally altering the Turkish government structure and constitution. The vote, held on 16 April, reflect a deeply divided Turkish public with 51.4 per cent in favour. This divide is due to the fact that it will result in the ‘[scrapping] of...
Cagey: UK Prisons and What You Can’t Say There

Cagey: UK Prisons and What You Can’t Say There

Over many weeks, this column has examined extremism in a range of political contexts and parts of the world. Extremist groups that oppose governments exist in a variety of different forms, in both the most tightly controlled dictatorships and the most liberal democracies. And in every context, there are angry people who say that these...
The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

As the world watched Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, the UK Department for Work and Pensions quietly announced that a controversial policy would be moving forward despite considerable concern and debate. The so-called ‘Rape Clause,’ originally announced within the 2015 budget by then chancellor, George Osborn, came into force on 6 April without a...
Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

The war in Syria has taken another horrifying turn as chemical weapons were unleashed on unprepared and innocent victims in Khan Sheikhun, in the mostly rebel held province of Idlib, killing more than 80 people. The attack occurred at 6:30 AM (EEST) on 4 April while many civilians were still asleep. Even those who made...
Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

Egypt: State of Emergency Following Attacks on Coptic Churches

A three-month long state of emergency has been announced by the President of Egypt, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, following attacks by Islamic State (IS) on Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. 47 people have died and 100 people have been injured as a result of the bombings. Following the attacks, al-Sisi called the National Defence Council to...
Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

Surpassing the Left/Right Divide: Macron and Le Pen

The French elections are fast approaching, with the first round of voting scheduled for 23 April. It has been a tense and much-discussed election, developing in the shadow of the British referendum to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the American elections. Like these events, the French election has been indicative of a...
Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes: The Alternate Reality of Obama’s ‘Red Line Crisis’

The events of 4 April 2017 were largely unprecedented. Rarely, if ever, have two US presidents been faced with crises so similar that their responses can be thoroughly compared. It was on this day that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad allegedly employed chemical weapons in an attack that killed 80 people, 10 of which were children,...
Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

Kushner: the Foreign Policy Puppeteer?

It is clear there are discrete divisions in Trump’s cabinet with regards to who is able to influence the president. The positions with the most direct influence may be most clearly described as appointees without the need for congressional approval. These appointees have been placed in an inner circle, which allows them greater access to...
St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

St Petersburg Bombing: Government Conspiracy or Islamist Terror?

When a bomb ripped through a wagon on the St Petersburg metro at approximately 14.40 on 3 April, a war with terror that had almost predominantly been consigned to Western Europe was catalysed thousands of miles east into Russia’s cultural heartland. One homemade bomb was detonated forty metres underground on the tracks between the stations...