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    Imposing high tariffs on imported Russian gas: would it be effective?

Imposing high tariffs on imported Russian gas: would it be effective?

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As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and many call for a strengthening of sanctions, an alternative to a full energy embargo has been discussed in the form of European Union tariffs on imports of Russian gas. The Initiative on Global Markets surveyed US and European economists to express their views on this proposal. Romesh Vaitilingam writes up the results.

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    Book Review: A Persistent Revolution: History, Nationalism and Politics in Mexico since 1968 by Randal Sheppard

Book Review: A Persistent Revolution: History, Nationalism and Politics in Mexico since 1968 by Randal Sheppard

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In A Persistent Revolution: History, Nationalism and Politics in Mexico since 1968, Randal Sheppard explores the major political transformations in Mexico since 1968 through the prism of Mexican revolutionary nationalism to show how nationalist mythology surrounding the revolutionary state has been used to bolster both the elite and growing opposition movements. Sheppard astutely demonstrates the complexities of the post-1968 […]

What can the UK learn from President Trump’s travel ban?

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The US travel ban has sparked outrage both within and outside the country. The alleged motive behind it – to protect the nation from terrorists – is of particular importance to the UK, where terrorism also remains a key concern since 9/11. Lee Jarvis explains what lessons Britain can take from the situation.

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    The EU has reason to be concerned over relations between Greece and Russia

The EU has reason to be concerned over relations between Greece and Russia

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The Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, visited Moscow recently for discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dimitrios Triantaphyllou writes on the extent to which EU governments should be concerned at the potential for Greece to seek help from Russia in order to leverage its negotiations with Germany and other creditors within the EU. He notes that while the Greek […]

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    As much as Hillary Clinton’s ‘smart power’ works to signal change, it is not a game changer.

As much as Hillary Clinton’s ‘smart power’ works to signal change, it is not a game changer.

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The former Secretary of State, and likely 2016 presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton has, along with the Obama administration, pushed the concept of ‘smart power’ – a convergence of hawkish ‘hard’ and a more internationalist ‘soft’ power in U.S. international relations. Cerelia Athanassiou argues that rather than truly signalling a departure from the pre-2008 policies of […]

Obama Versus 47 Republican Senators: Dangerous Stuff

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Last week 47 Republican Senators signed an open letter to senior leaders in Iran, which suggested that any deal made over that country’s nuclear program could be changed or undone by a future Congress or President.  Richard Brodsky argues that these 47 Senators are rewriting the constitutional, political and historical norms that have, until now, dictated that Presidents conduct […]

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    While drones did not introduce targeted assassinations, 9/11 and new technologies have pushed the boundaries of the tactic’s acceptability.

While drones did not introduce targeted assassinations, 9/11 and new technologies have pushed the boundaries of the tactic’s acceptability.

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Despite its rejection by the Ford administration in the 1970s, the tactic of state-led assassination has been resurgent since 9/11, and has found its latest expression in the use of unmanned drone strikes. Andris Banka writes that innovative drone technologies have refashioned the centuries old tactic of targeted assassination in previously unimaginable ways by making the risks minimal and […]

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    The foreign politics of diasporas plays an important role in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

The foreign politics of diasporas plays an important role in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

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Traditional analysis of U.S. foreign policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Middle East in general, is either confined to the limits of local actors in the Middle East, or, when it takes into account domestic actors in the U.S., focuses almost exclusively on the Israeli lobby. Cynthia Salloum argues that foreign policy analysis needs to take more account […]

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    Existing narratives of the effects of partisan polarization in Congress on foreign policy issues are too simplistic.

Existing narratives of the effects of partisan polarization in Congress on foreign policy issues are too simplistic.

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Contemporary politics in America have become riven by the high level of partisan polarization between the Republican and Democratic parties. But has this polarization had an impact on foreign policy? In new research that analysis votes in the U.S. House of Representatives over the past 40 years, Steven Hurst and Andrew Wroe find that while the House was polarized […]

U.S. anxiety over the ‘Rise of China’ is nothing new

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It has been more than three years since the then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announced the Obama Administration’s ‘Pivot to Asia’, with subsequent comments from President Obama affirming U.S. interests in the region. Ben Coulson argues that this pivot to Asia should be seen against the background of more than six decades of U.S. anxiety and tension over […]

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