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    Book Review: Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment by Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease

Book Review: Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment by Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease

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In recent years, it has become painfully clear that isolationism, populism and Machiavellian realpolitik are challenging nearly every pillar of multilateral governance and liberal internationalism. If the institutions and practices at the core of cosmopolitan politics are to survive, it is a high time for some critical reflection. In Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment, Daniele […]

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    Book Review: Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy by Robin Markwica

Book Review: Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy by Robin Markwica

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In Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy, Robin Markwica explores how emotions play a key role in foreign policy decision-making, focusing particularly on coercive diplomacy. Underpinned by substantial interdisciplinary research, this is a long-overdue and successful attempt to conceptualise the logic of affect in International Relations, finds Ignas Kalpokas.

Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy. Robin […]

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    Book Review: The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files by Marc Becker

Book Review: The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files by Marc Becker

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In The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files, Marc Becker brings together and analyses an extensive documentary history of FBI, CIA and US State Department intelligence operations in Ecuador. This is an impressively researched and detailed book, writes Courteney J. O’Connor, that gives rich insight into leftist movements in Ecuador and contributes to scholarship on US interference in the internal politics […]

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    Donald Trump is fulfilling campaign promises – to Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump is fulfilling campaign promises – to Vladimir Putin

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President Trump caused consternation at this week’s NATO summit with his pointed comments about Germany’s energy dealings with Russia. Hadas Aron and Emily Holland write that this rhetoric plays closely into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal of ending American hegemony. Whether Trump is working on Putin’s behalf is immaterial, they argue; his foreign policy actions are undermining the liberal […]

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    Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “Presidents usually stay out of British politics, but this is no ordinary president”

Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “Presidents usually stay out of British politics, but this is no ordinary president”

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This week President Trump will visit the UK for the first time following his attendance at a NATO summit in Brussels. In this short interview, US Center Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, talks on how Trump may try to get concessions on trade from NATO members and how he might further complicate the UK’s current Brexit crisis. 
What is Trump’s agenda […]

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    Despite reform, Mexico’s 2018 election is business as usual

Despite reform, Mexico’s 2018 election is business as usual

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On paper the 2018 Mexican presidential election should benefit from recent reforms that sought to improve electoral conditions. But the reality of campaigns awash with dark money, widespread vote buying, toothless electoral institutions, weak democratic processes within parties, and independents that aren’t very independent suggests that little has really changed, writes Rodrigo Aguilera.

On 1 July 2018, Mexicans will head […]

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    Book Review: War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by David Patrikarakos

Book Review: War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by David Patrikarakos

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In War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century, David Patrikarakos explores how social media is shifting the power balance from governments and institutions towards individuals and networks and the impact this is having on contemporary warfare. Relating the personal stories of individuals caught up in conflict, this book underscores the centrality of narratives and […]

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    US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

US trade sanctions are also hurting Jamaica, Guyana, and the wider Caribbean

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The Trump administration’s “America First” policy and sanctions on Russia and Venezuela have significant unintended consequences in the Caribbean, especially for the bauxite industries of Jamaica and Guyana, writes David Jessop.

The problem with the use of trade sanctions is that the innocent get hurt. This is particularly so when one economically powerful nation acts against another and regulations are […]

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    Focusing less on Trump and more on language helps explain why the latest Iran nuclear deal upheaval is simply politics as usual

Focusing less on Trump and more on language helps explain why the latest Iran nuclear deal upheaval is simply politics as usual

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Despite the success of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, the recent US withdrawal from the agreement suggests that its days are now numbered. Why must Iran-US relations continually revert to conflict? Constance Duncombe writes that despite concern about Donald Trump’s personal characteristics feeding into the US exit from the deal, we must instead focus on […]

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    Both the ‘Politics of Success’ and the ‘Politics of Crisis’ could work in Trump’s favor at the upcoming North Korea summit

Both the ‘Politics of Success’ and the ‘Politics of Crisis’ could work in Trump’s favor at the upcoming North Korea summit

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In June, US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Leader, Kim Jong-Un will meet in Singapore for the first such high level talks since the end of the Korean War. Jungkun Seo writes that the negotiations could have one of two outcomes which Trump could spin to his advantage: ‘the politics of success’ or the ‘politics of crisis’. While […]

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