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    Analysing America’s Age of Mass Migration highlights the long-term benefits of immigration

Analysing America’s Age of Mass Migration highlights the long-term benefits of immigration

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Though a highly emotive issue, the debates surrounding immigration and its impact have focused on the short-term. In assessing the longer-term effects of immigration by considering America’s Age of Mass Migration, however, Sandra Sequeira, Nathan Nunn and Nancy Qian find that the long-run benefits of immigration can be sizeable, and suggest that despite the short-term social costs and tensions […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.3: Trumpian Foreign Policy

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This episode, we’re taking a look at how President Trump’s prioritisation of “America First” will impact foreign policy. What will America’s presence and actions in the world look like during the Trump era?

This episode features Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University
and Emmanuelle Blanc, PhD Student in the International Relations Department at LSE.
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    The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

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The options for decolonising Puerto Rico have always been complex and contested. But the US decision to force a “status quo” option on to the latest ballot has undermined this chance to settle the issue once and for all, writes Gibrán Cruz Martínez.

 

Amid a debt crisis, mass mobilisations, and anti-austerity strikes, in June 2017 voters in Puerto Rico will be asked to […]

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    Interview with Ashley J Tellis on the impact of Trump on the US-India relationship

Interview with Ashley J Tellis on the impact of Trump on the US-India relationship

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Ashley J. Tellis featured on the foreign policy panel at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017. Following the session, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the new US-China bipolarity in the international environment, the impact of Trump on the US-India relationship and the question of India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier’s group.

 

AJT: I’m Ashley Tellis, I’m a Senior […]

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    Rex Tillerson may be a Secretary of State with little influence on US foreign policy.

Rex Tillerson may be a Secretary of State with little influence on US foreign policy.

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Donald Trump surprised many with his appointment of former ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson – a man with no government or diplomatic experience – to be US Secretary of State. Vuk Vuksanovic writes that recent events show that the cards appear to be stacked against him, and that Tillerson is likely to have little influence on US foreign policy. 

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Why Trump’s Syria strike may have been a positive step

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At the end of last week, the Trump administration launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian airbase, the first time the US has targeted the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Jasmine Gani writes that the strikes, in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons, do not signal a new policy of regime change from Washington. That said, even […]

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    How the new digital world is changing how we conceive of soft power

How the new digital world is changing how we conceive of soft power

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“Soft power” – a concept now more than 30 years old – is the ability of countries to succeed in their relations with others without coercion or payment. Nikolay Anguelov writes that the definition of soft power and the way it is put into practice is being challenged and changed by the technological innovation of new media and new […]

How Donald Trump is helping to make China great again

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Throughout the 2016 election campaign, the now President Trump made it plain that China was one of the US’ main competitors on the world stage. But what if Trump’s policies of economic nationalism and retrenchment may be actually helping China? David W. Wise argues that while the Obama administration sought to counterbalance the rise of China, US withdrawal from […]

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    Book Review: On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration by Filiz Garip

Book Review: On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration by Filiz Garip

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Why do Mexicans migrate to the US? In On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration, Filiz Garip seeks to challenge overarching assumptions regarding the ‘typical’ Mexican migrant by instead showing the diverse experiences and push-pull factors that shape the decision to migrate from Mexico to the US. Iván Farías Pelcastre welcomes Garip’s distinctive approach as enabling scholars to […]

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