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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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    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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