Hafez al-Assad’s Legacy and the Syrian Civil War

In 2010 the Arab Spring and subsequent armed rebellions destabilised authoritarian regimes in the Middle-East and North Africa, causing the downfall of many long-standing dictators and oligarchs. Although Syria was engulfed by the movement and the Civil War that followed, unlike his counterparts, President Bashar al-Assad survived the onslaught and has since regained control of most of the nation. […]

August 10th, 2020|Featured|0 Comments|

Troubled Waters: Old Threats in the East China Sea

In recent years, tensions in the South China Sea have dominated security concerns in the Pacific. In this piece, Tenny Kristiana discusses threats in the East China Sea that have slowly but surely been developing in the shadow of its southern counterpart. With close proximity to Mainland China, North and South Korea and Taiwan, Okinawa’s strategic importance has only […]

July 24th, 2020|Featured|0 Comments|

‘The Revenge of Plassey’: Football in the British Raj

Colonialism manifested itself in all walks of lives of the subjugated populace. In this article Abinand Lagisetti muses on the legacy of football, a sport imported from Imperial Britain to the Raj in India, and retraces its journey from an exclusive recreational activity to an avenue of resistance for non-white communities in the Indian sub-continent.

Sport is largely considered to […]

July 20th, 2020|Featured|0 Comments|
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    “There is no Ukraine”: Fact-Checking the Kremlin’s Version of Ukrainian History

“There is no Ukraine”: Fact-Checking the Kremlin’s Version of Ukrainian History

For more than twenty years, Vladislav Surkov was a known quantity in Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. Dubbed the ‘Grey Cardinal’ and the Kremlin’s main ideologist, Surkov is commonly regarded as the mastermind of Putin’s Ukraine policy which plunged Moscow into open conflict with the West. By late February 2020, however, he had apparently fallen from grace and was unexpectedly sacked […]

July 1st, 2020|Featured|3 Comments|
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    Risks of Improvidence: COVID-19 Exemplifies the Problems in International Governance of Disaster Risk

Risks of Improvidence: COVID-19 Exemplifies the Problems in International Governance of Disaster Risk

In the international governance of disaster which has emerged since the early twentieth century, governments have been reluctant to invest in disaster preparedness. In this article, Dr Lukas Schemper discusses the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the historical and continuing problem of lack of action in preparing for national and global disasters. 

 

“Why We Fail to Prepare for Disasters”

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    Controlling the Gulf: US Policy and the Military Incompetence of Imperial Iran and Saudi Arabia

Controlling the Gulf: US Policy and the Military Incompetence of Imperial Iran and Saudi Arabia

US efforts to secure the vast oil resources of the Persian Gulf exacerbated the military incompetence of Imperial Iran and Saudi Arabia. In this article, by examining the military incompetence of Saudi Arabia in Yemen and Imperial Iran in Dhofar (Oman), Jack Sargent outlines the failure of the US to encourage meaningful reforms.

 

US engagement with the Persian Gulf in […]

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Sehnsucht von Geschlechtern fand ihre Erfüllung: Österreich kam wieder heim zum Reich. Am Dienstag, dem 15. März 1938, sprach Adolf Hitler zum ersten male vonder Rampe der Winer Hofburg zu seinem Volk und zur Welt. Dankbar konnte er die Erfüllung dieser grossen, ihm vom Schicksal auferlegten Aufgabe als vollzogen vor der Geschichte melden.


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Einmarsch der faschistischen deutschen Wehrmacht in Österreich und Annexion des Landes im März 1938.
Ansprache Adolf Hitlers am 15. März 1938 auf dem Helden-Platz in Wien.
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    From Anschluss to VE-Day 2020: Britain’s Changing Attitudes Towards Austria

From Anschluss to VE-Day 2020: Britain’s Changing Attitudes Towards Austria

In the 1930s, a period fraught with diplomatic tension and uncertainty, the Chamberlain government was unwilling to go to bat to protect Austria from Nazi encroachment. However, from within the British Legation in Vienna, dissenting voices emerged who argued that Britain should take a stronger stance to safeguard Austrian interests. Reflecting upon Dominic Raab’s VE Day address to Austria, […]

Imagined Communities in an Age of Global Pandemic

In Benedict Anderson’s ‘Imagined Communities’, he argued that the novel and the newspaper were the key mediums of the imagined community. However, in our increasingly connected and globalised world, the internet provides us with a shared digital culture that allows us to communicate with one another across the globe. In the latest LSE International History blog, Trinity College Dublin PhD […]

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    A ‘Successful’ Diplomacy: The US Occupation of Japan, 1945-52

A ‘Successful’ Diplomacy: The US Occupation of Japan, 1945-52

In 1945, USA occupied Japan following the East Asian Empire’s unconditional surrender. This occupation was accompanied with political and social reforms. In this article, Tenny Kristiana examines the diplomatic negotiations between the two nations, and how domestic politics and the evolving international order impacted the creation of a democratic government in Japan.

 

Diplomacy on a global stage has an extended […]

April 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Olympic Legacies: Why Postponing Tokyo 2020 is the Right Decision

Olympic Legacies: Why Postponing Tokyo 2020 is the Right Decision

This week, an International Olympic Committee organiser and Shinzo Abe have hinted that the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo could be postponed until 2021 due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have yet to receive a definitive answer. LSE-PKU MSc student Claire H. Evans writes that Japan’s delay in postponing the Games could loom large in its legacy […]

March 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|