Diplomatic History

The G7 in a Modern Era: A Necessary Repurposing?

In this piece, Angus Lee traces the conception and early functions of the G7 and compares it to its modern existence. He argues that it still retains a unique position in international affairs and explores its advantages and the ways it can be better utilised. 

This June, Germany will host the 48th[1] G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. The […]

April 6th, 2022|Featured|0 Comments|

Intelligence as a Diplomatic Tool: An Israeli History

In this post, Matteo Bulzomi explores Israel’s use of its intelligence services to achieve its diplomatic and foreign policy goals. He argues that Israel’s intelligence capabilities are key for understanding its external affairs and relationships with foreign countries, especially the United States.


Israel’s position in the international panorama has always been problematic. The never-solved Palestinian issue is the main cause […]

Seoul – Beijing Relations from the Cold War to THAAD deployment

In this post, Tenny Kristiana explores the long-term relations between South Korea and China. She argues that Beijing’s increasing importance as an economic partner helps explain the economic and political upheaval in Seoul following China’s strong reaction to the South Korean decision to allow deployment of the THAAD missile defence system in 2016.


In 2016 Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test brought […]

November 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Recovering Britain’s Trading Paramountcy in Argentina after 1914 and its Modern-Day Parallels for British Trade Diplomacy

In this article Jordan Buchanan examines the decline in British trading paramountcy in Argentina between 1914 and 1929 and explores the diplomatic efforts made by Britain to protect its economic interests. He draws parallels between British-Argentinian negotiations in 1929 and the current trade negotiations being undertaken by the British government in the wake of Brexit and argues that Britain […]

October 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Were the Bahrain-Israel and Israel-UAE agreements historic deals?

In this article, Jeremy Pressman analyses the recent normalisation of relations agreements between Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He places the deals within the wider history of Arab-Israeli relations in the Middle East and compares them to previous diplomatic breakthroughs in the region. Ultimately, he concludes that while the agreements are a modest diplomatic achievement, they […]

September 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|22 Comments|

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

The notion that Ukraine is not a country, but a historical part of Russia, appears to be deeply ingrained in the minds of Russian leadership. Competing interpretations of history have turned into a key ingredient of the deepening dispute between Russia and the West and a subject that Putin in particular appears to feel unusually passionate about. In this […]

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, […]

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|

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|

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|