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US Cybersecurity Agenda: A Move Towards Cyberpower

US Cybersecurity Agenda: A Move Towards Cyberpower

The American cybersecurity agenda has experienced an unprecedented push in 2015. Due to recent cyber attacks on major commercial and governmental networks, the Obama administration has recognised the urgency of prioritising cybersecurity on the national security agenda. This appeal indicates a larger movement to considerably increase American cyberpower, which can be understood as, ‘producing preferred...
On History and Liberty: an Interview with Judge Lennart Aspegren

On History and Liberty: an Interview with Judge Lennart Aspegren

I initially began writing this piece in the usual way: a slightly dramatic first sentence to captivate the reader, before analysing every conceivable detail of the story. This time it will be different; this time it will be personal. With support from the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Society, I had the honour to interview Judge...
Is 'Don't do stupid Shit' a Valid Foreign Policy?

Is ‘Don’t do stupid Shit’ a Valid Foreign Policy?

‘Mind the Gap’ is a biweekly column focusing on the link and at times lack thereof between academia and policy-making in international relations. President Obama’s foreign policy strategy has long suffered complaints of lacking an overall direction.  From the Cairo Speech’s optimism, to an entirely more modest goal of hitting “singles and doubles,” the Obama...
US Ground Troops in Syria: Unanswered Questions

US Ground Troops in Syria: Unanswered Questions

On 20 January, President Barack Obama made his yearly State of the Union address, which touched upon multiple topics including the status of the American economy, renewable energy, and immigration reform. The most important foreign policy remark, however, was regarding his official request for the use of force against the militant group ISIL. Since 20...
Can Bibi be Toppled?

Can Bibi be Toppled?

“It’s us or him.” So goes the campaign slogan of the centre-left ticket comprised of the Labour leader Isaac Herzog and former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni ahead of Israel’s election on March 17th. It’s a sign of how tawdry political races can be in Israel—a state with one of the purest forms of proportional representation...
A Changed World - 2012 Foreign Policy Predictions and Outcomes

A Changed World – 2012 Foreign Policy Predictions and Outcomes

A Changed World A look back at three major foreign policy claims of the 2012 US Presidential Election and forward to the road ahead, providing letter grades A to F for the candidates predictions. Issue #1: Iran Then: The election season of 2012 was a tense time in US-Iran relations. Heated Israeli rhetoric declared repeatedly...
A New Dawn in China? Economic Reform and Corruption Crackdown

A New Dawn in China? Economic Reform and Corruption Crackdown

When Chinese President Xi Jinping, assumed office two years ago, he promised to embark on a campaign to reduce toxic levels of corruption amongst both party officials and private actors. He assured the people that both ‘flies and tigers’ would be targeted, and that no one, even top Communist Party officials, would be brought to...
Netanya-who?  Post-Copenhagen Chutzpah Unsettles Europe

Netanya-who? Post-Copenhagen Chutzpah Unsettles Europe

‘Teeming Shores’ is a biweekly column that broadly covers issues related to global migration and how the movement of peoples can reshape traditional conceptions of sovereignty and security. The title is referential to the sonnet “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty in America. Following the recent shootings...
Loi Macron: Economic Reform with or without Parliament

Loi Macron: Economic Reform with or without Parliament

France’s Macron Law recently aroused heated debate over the strength of the Hollande administration. Presented by the French economy minister Emmanuel Macron, the law aims to introduce a number of economic liberalizations in order to revive the French economy from its third consecutive year of near-zero growth. However, the law was attacked on both sides...
Latin America's Final Rentier State

Latin America’s Final Rentier State

It seems as the price of oil drops so too does the life expectancy of the Venezuelan government. President Nicolas Maduro announced on February 13th that an air force general and several others had been arrested on suspicion of plotting a coup. This news follows the arrest of opposition leader Marina Corina Muchado in early...
Bali Nine: Execution by firing squad

Bali Nine: Execution by firing squad

In April of 2005, nine Australians were apprehended in Bali and found to be collectively in possession of 8.3kg of heroin with plans to smuggle the drugs over the Australian border. By 2006, seven members of the group had received sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment, whilst the two deemed the ringleaders of...
Sweden, NORDEFCO and NATO: Quid Nunc?

Sweden, NORDEFCO and NATO: Quid Nunc?

Amid the backdrop of increasing security tensions sparked by Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and the provocative display of underwater force in the Baltic Sea, the Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO), the primary vehicle for military collaboration among Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland, is pushing for unprecedented levels of interstate defence collaboration. On 12 February...