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    Donald Trump Didn’t Break American Foreign Policymaking– It’s Been Broken for Decades

Donald Trump Didn’t Break American Foreign Policymaking– It’s Been Broken for Decades

Throughout the twentieth century, US Presidents have utilized the National Security Council (NSC) in assisting with foreign and defense policy. However, after President Kennedy brought in outside advisors and informal groups in the 1960s, the system began to deteriorate, leading to an expansive growth of executive power and a major diminishment of the interagency foreign policymaking process. In this […]

March 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

“Bombies”: Legacies of the Secret War in Laos

Laos experienced some of the worst bombings of the Cold War era, and yet this legacy of violence often goes unrecognised in the international realm. In this article, Juliette O’Connor, explores this period of Laotian history and examines the trauma of unexploded ordnances that are still terrorising the nation today.

 

10 years of US air surveillance missions and bombings between […]

February 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 Interview: Sven Beckert’s ‘Empire of Cotton’

Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 Interview: Sven Beckert’s ‘Empire of Cotton’

During the 2019 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Tom Wilkinson (LSE) caught up with Laird Bell Professor Sven Beckert (Harvard University) to discuss his award-winning book Empire of Cotton: A Global History and the historic place of South Asia in the global cotton economy.
 

TW: Your book looks at 5,000 years of history. Could you give me a brief overview of the cotton economy in South Asia?

SB: The […]

December 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    The Second-Last Sunday Every September: Remembering South Africa’s Fallen Soldiers

The Second-Last Sunday Every September: Remembering South Africa’s Fallen Soldiers

In this article, LSE PhD student Rishika Yadav elaborates on her experience at a memorial service for the Cape Corps, which she attended while on a trip to South Africa, and contemplates on the space of non-White soldiers in First and Second World War remembrance ceremonies.

 

As Remembrance Sunday has drawn to a close, I reflect on my own experience […]

November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Donald Trump is Weak on Foreign Policy – And the Democrats Are Blowing It: A Historical Perspective

Donald Trump is Weak on Foreign Policy – And the Democrats Are Blowing It: A Historical Perspective

At the Democratic Party presidential debate held this month in Ohio, the candidates sparred over topics that have so far defined the campaign: impeachment, the economy, gun safety, immigration, education, income inequality, corruption, the opioid epidemic, and of course, “Medicare for All.”

However, during a debate that lasted nearly three hours, less than 15 minutes was spent tackling foreign policy […]

October 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Ireland and Anglo-American Relations: From the Treaty of Versailles to Brexit

Ireland and Anglo-American Relations: From the Treaty of Versailles to Brexit

With the clock ticking fast on the UK’s exit from the European Union, LSE’s Pádraig Manning explores the history of American-Irish relations, the impact of the Irish community in the United States on the Good Friday Agreement, and how a possible resurgence of the Irish bloc in America can influence the stalemate over the Irish backstop.

 

In August, US President […]

October 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Strategic Failure of the CCP’s Hong Kong Policy

The protests in Hong Kong pit the forces of Xi Jinping’s China against Hong Kong’s implacable public opinion in favor of democracy and the rule of law. The tension between them has the world on a knife’s edge. Hong Kong is a major financial and media capital. Its movement symbolises resistance to advancing authoritarianism around the world. Whatever the […]

September 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    U.S Proxy Warfare: Patterns in Middle Eastern Conflicts     

U.S Proxy Warfare: Patterns in Middle Eastern Conflicts     

‘Today, we tell the despotic regime in Saudi Arabia that we will not be part of their military adventurism’, said Senator Bernie Sanders on 13 December 2018, as the Senate voted to end U.S military support for Saudi Arabia’s conflict in Yemen. Despite bipartisan support for this resolution, passing in both the Senate in March and the House just […]

September 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Japan’s “Inherent” Territory and the Enigma of Malleable Words

Japan’s “Inherent” Territory and the Enigma of Malleable Words

It was a change announced in silence. On 30 January 2019, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō broke a long-lasting tradition of Japanese diplomacy: when asked about the government position on the so-called ‘Northern Territories’, the three islands (Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan) and one group of islets (Habomai) under Russian rule off eastern Hokkaido that Japan has claimed to be theirs […]

August 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

In Conversation: Professor David Stevenson

As part of the new LSE History podcast series, Professor David Stevenson spoke with LSE PhD student Artemis Photiadou on his latest book 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution, discussing why the First World War lasted as long as it did, why it ended, and why 1917 is a pivotal year. This is the first installment of the International History Blog’s In […]