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Berkeley, Middlebury, Glasgow, and the Death of Free Speech at University

Berkeley, Middlebury, Glasgow, and the Death of Free Speech at University

It seems safe to say that just about the entire western world is sick and tired of hearing about Milo Yiannopoulos. The alt-right provocateur has been making waves for years with his controversial opinions, mean-spirited remarks, and brazen endorsement of practices such as pederasty. The Left hates him, and the traditional Right is uncomfortable even...
NATO - Europe Should Put Its Money Where Donald Trump’s Mouth Is

NATO – Europe Should Put Its Money Where Donald Trump’s Mouth Is

There has been little to cheer about in the corridors of SHAPE, NATO’s headquarters in Brussels, for the past few years. The threat from the Islamic State, a resurgent Russia and stagnating defence budgets have given the alliance much to confront, with an increasingly strained stockpile of resources. The collective sense of dread has only...
President Trump’s Ambiguity Towards Israel

President Trump’s Ambiguity Towards Israel

The Israel-Palestine conflict has been a consistently central topic in U.S. political campaigns. While Donald Trump may have won the U.S. presidential election pushing a hard pro-Israel agenda, it is unclear what he plans to do in the future and whether he appreciates the complexity and nuances of the issues. With the Republican push to...
Fool’s Gold: The Allure of China’s North Korean Policy

Fool’s Gold: The Allure of China’s North Korean Policy

On 18 February, the Chinese government suspended coal imports from North Korea (DPRK) in compliance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on the ‘hermit kingdom’ due to its nuclear weapons testing. The ban follows North Korea’s ballistic missile test a week prior, which, combined with its previous testing of land and sea-launched intercontinental ballistic...
The Trump vs Obama Administration’s Relationship with the Media: A Comparative Perspective

The Trump vs Obama Administration’s Relationship with the Media: A Comparative Perspective

Ever since Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase ‘alternative facts’ in a Meet the Press interview hosted by Chuck Todd, it has become clear that the Trump administration has a loose interpretation of what constitutes objective data or statistics. If a news outlet expresses a statement that is contrary to the Trump camp’s agenda, it is...
No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

No Confidence: Taiwan and China’s Lack of Trust for Trump

On 2 December 2016, Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, called U.S. President Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the recent election. Nine days later, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that ‘everything is under negotiation… including One China,’ a direct affront to the People’s Republic of China. In Taiwan, news of...
In Defence of NAFTA

In Defence of NAFTA

Donald Trump represents a bucking of tradition for the Republican Party in many ways. Perhaps one of the foremost issues on which Trump has led an about-face for the party is trade. As a candidate, Trump capitalised on populist fury toward international trade and channelled that fury into his stunning victories throughout the country— particularly...
Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, all eyes are on the upcoming French presidential election. The top four candidates are Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN), Benoit Hamon of Partie Socialiste (PS), François Fillon of Les Républicans, and Emmanuel Marcon of En Marche! (EM). These four candidates, along with...
Forget Lightbulbs: Why States’ Self Interest is the key to fighting Climate Change

Forget Lightbulbs: Why States’ Self Interest is the key to fighting Climate Change

An interesting article appeared in a recent edition of The Daily Mail (9 February). A criticism of Barack Obama’s post-presidency trip to the British Virgin Islands with Richard Branson, it included this note on global warming: ‘And on the question of his much-vaunted concern with climate change, how did Obama travel to Necker Island…Private jet,...
Obama’s America and the Islamic World

Obama’s America and the Islamic World

When Barack Obama assumed the office of President of the United States eight years ago, he symbolised a new hope for many members of the Arab world and beyond. He was starkly different than any previous US president. He was black, had Islamic roots through his father, and ultimately represented a new pathway for relations...
Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy and American Soft Power

Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy and American Soft Power

Trump’s ascension to the presidency has raised many questions about his impact on the United States, both domestically and concerning the country’s international standing. A great deal of mystery surrounds the new president of this incredibly powerful state, and the world waits to see what his leadership will mean. In the field of International Relations,...
A pressing global issue: The uncertain future of climate change

A pressing global issue: The uncertain future of climate change

Of the many claims that Donald Trump made in his bid for the presidency, one of the most memorable was his dismissal of climate change. Whereas Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton listed ‘protecting animals and wildlife’ and ‘climate change’ as two major topics on her campaign website, Trump’s did not mention safeguarding the environment. On the...