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    Mastering Trump’s mastermind: Sebastian Gorka and the struggle between Islam and the West

Mastering Trump’s mastermind: Sebastian Gorka and the struggle between Islam and the West

British-born Sebastian Gorka was appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States by Donald Trump in January and is viewed as one of the key figures behind the President’s national security strategy. Steve Fuller presents an analysis of Gorka’s world-view, writing that his conception of an ideological struggle between Islamic jihadism and the West may ultimately […]

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    Trump and the Balkan Princes: What Trump’s presidency means for South East Europe

Trump and the Balkan Princes: What Trump’s presidency means for South East Europe

Donald Trump’s presidency has already raised a number of major questions about the United States’ relationship with its key allies and neighbours. But what impact will his administration have on the Balkans? Florian Bieber outlines four reasons why Trump’s presidency will matter for the region, building on his previous article ‘Ten rules by a 21st-century Machiavelli for the Balkan Prince’.

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    Why Trump’s Wall is not racist, the Muslim ban is, and why the difference matters

Why Trump’s Wall is not racist, the Muslim ban is, and why the difference matters

In his short time in office, President Trump has signed an order to construct his long-promised border wall with Mexico, and another which would stop refugees from entering the US and placed a 90-day ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries. Eric Kaufmann writes that Trump’s Muslim ban classifies as ‘racist’ as it is based on an irrational fear of […]

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    The dam is burst: Trump has legitimised the politically incorrect

The dam is burst: Trump has legitimised the politically incorrect

Protests took place in a number of cities across the world following the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President. Laura Tedesco writes that Trump’s election undid many of the advances that had been achieved in promoting tolerance for minorities, and that responding to this new political climate will be far from straightforward – but that it is a […]

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    The Kremlin doesn’t promote autocracy – it simply trolls whomever it dislikes

The Kremlin doesn’t promote autocracy – it simply trolls whomever it dislikes

Russia is often accused of undermining democracy, particularly in former Soviet states. The recent reports of Russian-sponsored hacking in the US have led some to go further and claim it is actively promoting autocracy. But Nelli Babayan argues that Vladimir Putin’s chief aim is to demonstrate Russia’s strength – and probably to undermine US and EU democracies, rather than […]

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President Trump’s inaugural address: Expert reactions

On Friday 20 January, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. His inaugural address, hinting at a radical departure from previous US policies with potentially big repercussions on all other continents, sent shock waves throughout the globe. Expert contributors give their rapid reaction to the inaugural address. 

Remarkably pessimistic, remarkably despondent: Thomas Leeper – LSE Government
Trump’s speech […]

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    Andrei Tsygankov: “The US establishment, not the Kremlin, is undermining normalisation with Russia”

Andrei Tsygankov: “The US establishment, not the Kremlin, is undermining normalisation with Russia”

The release of an intelligence report on Russian interference in the US presidential election, alongside allegations of links between Donald Trump and the Kremlin, have strained US-Russia relations. Andrei P. Tsygankov argues that there remains a deep-rooted fear of Russia within the American establishment, but that Donald Trump’s election provides an opportunity for the two countries to normalise their […]

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Will Trump matter for the EU’s policy priorities?

The reaction in the EU to Donald Trump’s election was largely negative, as several political figures expressed concern at the consequences of a Trump presidency for Europe. Hrant Kostanyan and Mikkel Barslund provide a comprehensive overview of Trump’s potential impact on the EU’s policy priorities. They argue that the fundamental international challenges Europe faces will only be marginally affected […]

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    Putin’s approach to the West should encourage us to reflect on the nature of our own democracy

Putin’s approach to the West should encourage us to reflect on the nature of our own democracy

The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats at the end of December over claims that Russia had interfered in the US election. But is Russia’s strategy in the West really having a tangible impact on political outcomes and, if so, how should the West respond? Linda Risso writes that the West’s apparent weakness to Russian influence stems from a […]

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    Contemporary Turkey in conflict: How ethnic, political and religious conflicts will define Turkey’s future

Contemporary Turkey in conflict: How ethnic, political and religious conflicts will define Turkey’s future

Since 2015, Turkey has experienced a wave of terrorist attacks, political unrest, and a failed coup attempt. Drawing on research in a new book, Tahir Abbas writes on the radical changes that have occurred in Turkey during the 21st century and the conflicts that are now shaping the country’s future.

Thinking about the nation of Turkey conjures up all sorts […]

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    The murder of Russia’s ambassador shows Turkey in the worst possible light

The murder of Russia’s ambassador shows Turkey in the worst possible light

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead on 19 December at an art gallery in Ankara. Dimitar Bechev states that although the incident was shocking, it is unlikely to disrupt the recent thawing of relations between the two countries. But the incident nevertheless shows Turkey in the worst possible light and will provide an opportunity for Russia […]

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Experts react: EU Enlargement and EU progress reports 2016

What does the future hold for EU Enlargement? Our contributors reflect on this year’s European Commission reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries, framing it within the wider political and economic context of each country. (If you are interested in how this compares to last year’s reports, the 2015 expert reactions are available here).

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    President Trump bringing back waterboarding would make both Europe and America less secure

President Trump bringing back waterboarding would make both Europe and America less secure

In the last two years, numerous terrorist attacks have taken place in EU countries, notably in France and Belgium. Gijs de Vries assesses how governments should react to the threat of terrorism, writing that authorities must maintain perspective to avoid unintentionally legitimising the actions of terrorists. He argues that Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States should bring back […]

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    Trump’s Foreign Policy: the Catalyst the European Union Needed?

Trump’s Foreign Policy: the Catalyst the European Union Needed?

Much political and media attention is currently focused on the likely consequences of a Trump presidency for US foreign policy and the USA’s European allies. Maxine David examines the reactions of key European leaders and argues that doubts over Trump’s foreign policy direction might be the spur Europeans needed to reassert their own value base and to take on the […]

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    What does the Trump triumph mean for journalism, politics and social media?

What does the Trump triumph mean for journalism, politics and social media?

Who is to ‘blame’ for Trump’s election, and what does this means for the future of media? Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE and Director of Polis Charlie Beckett unpacks the various stages of the blame narrative that has unfolded in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, and looks at the lessons media can draw from this. 

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Europe in the Age of Trump: A more uncertain and unstable continent

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election will have clear implications for Europe, NATO, and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Effie G. H. Pedaliu states that a major repositioning of US foreign policy under Trump could lead to a rise in uncertainty and instability across Europe, while his victory itself could increase the likelihood of further […]

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    Sir Robert Cooper: “Trump’s victory puts Europe in unknown territory”

Sir Robert Cooper: “Trump’s victory puts Europe in unknown territory”

Following Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States, we will be running a number of short reactions from prominent European academics and political actors on what the result means for Europe. In this contribution Sir Robert Cooper writes that while there are doubts over whether the new President-elect will follow through on the promises he made in […]

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    Seven paradoxes of NATO’s revival as Europe’s primary security institution

Seven paradoxes of NATO’s revival as Europe’s primary security institution

Should EU states prioritise foreign policy cooperation through the EU or through NATO? Alexander Mattelaer writes that the balance between the EU and NATO has tipped increasingly toward the latter in recent years. However, he argues that this trend is no cause for transatlantic celebration as Brexit, upheaval in Turkey and other developments threaten to undermine the West’s security […]

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    The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

Every year, the European Commission publishes a so called ‘Enlargement Package’ which sets out the Commission’s policy on enlargement and reports on the progress of candidate and potential candidate countries. Ahead of the 2016 Enlargement Package, Fatmir Besimi suggests that following Brexit, it is vitally important for the EU to emphasise the benefits of enlargement and reaffirm its commitment […]

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What will the US presidential election mean for Europe?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are now in the final week of campaigning before the US presidential election on 8 November. Simon Reich examines what the result of the election could mean for Europe. He writes that although Clinton has far more support among Europeans, both candidates may well continue the trend of pivoting away from Europe in their […]

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