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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...
Alternative Definitions of Extremism: Trump’s Rebranding Campaign

Alternative Definitions of Extremism: Trump’s Rebranding Campaign

News agencies have yet to grow tired of reporting on the various antics of new US President Donald Trump. In Germany, articles about Donald Trump and the Trump administration comprised 4 of the top 6 stories on the Deutsche Welle website as of 15 February 2017. In the English-speaking media, the daily quota is typically...
The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

Three days into Donald Trump’s new presidential administration, he followed a long-standing White House tradition and reinstated the Mexico City Policy, referred to by its critics as ‘the global gag rule.’ This law was the brainchild of President Ronald Reagan, who introduced it in 1984 during a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. It provided...
Ronald Trump and Maggie May?

Ronald Trump and Maggie May?

I would like to preface this article with an apology. Sadly, there is no photo of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May holding hands without copyright restrictions so I am unable to display it here for your viewing pleasure. However, I am able to provide you with the link to the terribly cute...
Trump and the Immigration Ban

Trump and the Immigration Ban

On Friday 27 January 2017, United States President Donald Trump signed an immigration ban that halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — for 90 days. However, this ban introduced many more amendments than just that. The ban incorporated a four-month suspension of the U.S. Refugee Program...
Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

With cabinet members, supporters, and appointees abound, President Trump inspects the executive order handed to him by a nearby aid with a stultified mien. Finally finding the title, he reads it loudly for the cameras, proudly looking around the room at an audience we cannot see. ‘Executive order protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry...