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The Year the World Began to Fragment

The Year the World Began to Fragment

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 unleashed a geopolitical trend that has largely held steady into the present day. That is, the United States became the world’s sole superpower: with a national economy of unparalleled size, a military of unprecedented global reach, and the political capital to intervene in regional affairs to a...
2014: The Year of Global Fragmentation

2014: The Year of Global Fragmentation

When the year 2014 began, many could not resist comparisons to 1914. After all, the outbreak of the First World War brought what had been a nascent form of globalisation to a sudden and violent end; prompting many to wonder about the stability of our own system which has been similarly crafted over the last...
Editorial: The New Sudetenland and the Return of the Truman Doctrine

Editorial: The New Sudetenland and the Return of the Truman Doctrine

There is something remarkably old-fashioned about the crisis that has broken out in the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine. For once, there seems to be no pretence of following international law, not even a cursory attempt to justify a blatant act of aggression. Instead, Russian troops simply marched in, took the Crimea and declared it...
Print Edition: Cold War 2: Electric Boogaloo

Print Edition: Cold War 2: Electric Boogaloo

The sequel to the critically acclaimed (and highly controversial) “Cold War” that ran from 1945 to 1989, Cold War 2: Electric Boogaloo follows one of the main actors of the previous Cold War, Russia, as it struggles to come to terms with its loss of empire at the end of the previous instalment.  Unlike its...
IR Professor Interview Series: Chris Ogden

IR Professor Interview Series: Chris Ogden

In this interview, we sat down with Lecturer Chris Ogden, who specialises in national identity, security, and domestic politics in East and South Asia. East and South Asia. If you enjoy this interview, please be sure to listen to the full audio. FAR: Could you give us a bit of background as to your academic...
Why This Year will be a Turning Point for Afghanistan (Sort Of)

Why This Year will be a Turning Point for Afghanistan (Sort Of)

For anyone who has followed the news about Afghanistan for the past couple years, the year 2014 is one that commentators have treated with dread. The end of this year will mark the termination of ISAF’s combat mission in Afghanistan, with the vast majority of NATO forces scheduled to be completely withdrawn after 2014. The...
Closing the Gap: New Opportunities for the Chinese Arms Industry

Closing the Gap: New Opportunities for the Chinese Arms Industry

Last month, a curious thing happened in the world of arms trading. Turkey, which has for years been seeking to acquire a long-range air defence missile system that would enormously expand their capability to defend their own airspace, made an unexpected acquisition. For most analysts, Turkey’s purchase choice was obviously going to be the American...
The End of Silvio?

The End of Silvio?

Italian politics for a lot of people is becoming (if it hasn’t already become) something of a spectator sport. So when the spectacle of Silvio Berlusconi’s ministers pulling out of Prime Minister Letta’s cabinet began in earnest, I was fairly certain of what to expect. Berlusconi would probably use his leverage as a way to...
Why Does the Pope Need to be Liberal?

Why Does the Pope Need to be Liberal?

Outrage is a peculiar thing. Often when struck with outrage at anything from a political to a personal issue, one can easily find oneself consumed with a desire for retribution, sometimes even to the exclusion of their better judgment. However, like anything else in this world, outrage has a shelf-life and when it leaves you,...
Why China Will Not Awaken Just Yet

Why China Will Not Awaken Just Yet

One of the stranger aspects of the Syrian crisis was how little we saw China throughout it. Granted, China did strongly oppose any Western intervention into the country (though that hardly mattered thanks to the guaranteed Russian veto) and stood by Syria when it was required to do so, but otherwise, China played so inconsequential...
Can We Unify Korea?

Can We Unify Korea?

North Korea is in trouble. Kim Jong-Un, the world’s youngest and arguably most inexperienced world leader, now helms a country that faces an increasingly uncertain future. Militarily, the Korean People’s Army is large but chronically underequipped, forced to rely on aging Soviet-era weapons in the face of American and South Korean technological superiority. Economically, the...

Is this a Joke? How a Comedian Became a Kingmaker

The Italian political system has seldom been renowned for its predictability, but this last election seems to have upended expectations about where the country is headed. Pier Luigi Bersani, who should have had a clear run to victory, instead fumbled his opportunity and failed to secure a majority in Parliament. Silvio Berlusconi, dismissed by many...