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    Book Review: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China by Julian Gewirtz

Book Review: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China by Julian Gewirtz

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In Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China, Julian Gewirtz documents the interactions between western economists and Chinese intellectuals and decision-makers in the pursuit of a wealthier China between 1976 and 1993. Yao Han appreciates Gewirtz’s work in filling the gap in understanding the influence of western economists and the dramatic debates over ideology […]

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    The new German government’s end-run around Trump shows how old allies are hedging their bets  

The new German government’s end-run around Trump shows how old allies are hedging their bets  

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Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy doctrine has raised eyebrows in capitals across the world. Peter Finn and Robert Ledger look at what appears to be a shift away from engaging with the US executive branch by the new German coalition government. While German foreign policy intends to continue robust transatlantic relations with the US, they write, it will […]

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    US Centre 2018 Student Essay Competition Runner Up: ‘Looking at Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy to see past trends and the outlook for American foreign policy in East Asia’

US Centre 2018 Student Essay Competition Runner Up: ‘Looking at Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy to see past trends and the outlook for American foreign policy in East Asia’

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President Trump’s use of Twitter to announce policy shifts has become a hallmark of his administration. But what do his Tweets tell us about the outlook for the US relationship with East Asia? Kyi Yeung Goh analysed Trump’s 2017 tweets on this issue, and has found three key topics which may indicate what 2018 may bring: the Trump administration’s […]

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    Book Review: Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor by Iina Kohonen

Book Review: Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor by Iina Kohonen

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In Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor, Iina Kohonen examines a variety of artworks and archival materials to offer a visual history of the Soviet space programme. This beautifully illustrated book provides compelling insight into the construction of the cosmonauts as idealised heroes of the Soviet Union, finds Taylor R. Genovese, and shows the role that cosmic images played […]

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    Donald Trump’s rhetoric has only highlighted the already growing rift between the EU and the US.

Donald Trump’s rhetoric has only highlighted the already growing rift between the EU and the US.

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On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency, the future of the transatlantic relationship is as uncertain as ever. According to Lisa ten Brinke, the rift between the EU and the US began before Trump entered the Oval Office, and this is not likely to change any time soon. 

Just over one year ago, the world watched as Donald Trump […]

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    Trump’s National Security Strategy release illustrates the ongoing battle between the president’s instincts and foreign policy mainstreamers in his administration

Trump’s National Security Strategy release illustrates the ongoing battle between the president’s instincts and foreign policy mainstreamers in his administration

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Last month President Trump released a new National Security Strategy (NSS) mapping out his administration’s foreign policy for the coming years. While this latest NSS is rather different from Trump’s actual foreign policy rhetoric, Jonny Hall cautions that we should not let these differences divert us. This NSS departs from previous strategies and embodies the battle within the administration […]

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    Book Review: Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems by Bertrand Badie

Book Review: Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems by Bertrand Badie

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In Humiliation in International Relations: A Pathology of Contemporary International Systems, Bertrand Badie addresses the longstanding use of humiliation as a systemic practice wielded by dominant powers within the international state system. While Badie’s optimism regarding the capacity of greater social integration to quell the consequences of humiliation may not convince all readers, this important book and its fascinating historical examples are […]

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    Unlike Bush and Obama, Trump’s zero-sum worldview is severely hampering America’s counterterrorism efforts

Unlike Bush and Obama, Trump’s zero-sum worldview is severely hampering America’s counterterrorism efforts

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In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed to “eradicate completely… Radical Islamic Terrorism”. Jonny Hall writes that while Trump’s rhetoric against terrorism is not an enormous change from that of the Bush or Obama administration, what is very different is how Trump’s perspective informs American counterterrorism policy. Trump’s zero-sum worldview, he argues, largely ignores the ’causes’ of […]

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    How Donald Trump’s populism may threaten the US-UK Special Relationship

How Donald Trump’s populism may threaten the US-UK Special Relationship

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Last week saw President Trump promote the rhetoric of the far-right Britain First organization, which prompted an angry response from the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. Ben Margulies writes that the transatlantic Twitter spat shows that Trump’s appeal to populism and anti-elitism may also draw it against the liberal world order that the US-UK Special Relationship exemplifies.

At this stage, […]

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    Book Review: Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 by Ian Black

Book Review: Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 by Ian Black

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In Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017, Ian Black offers a new panoramic history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, beginning with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 up until the present day. Linking the impact of political decisions to everyday lives and experiences and drawing on a wide array of voices and perspectives, this is a beautifully […]

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