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    Primary Primers: Three reasons why foreign policy negotiations during the 2020 campaign season are a bad idea

Primary Primers: Three reasons why foreign policy negotiations during the 2020 campaign season are a bad idea

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As both campaign and as presidential rhetoric, Donald Trump has boasted of his deal making prowess. However, like for all other presidents before him, the deals that Donald Trump makes internationally will be informed by US domestic politics – especially in the lead-up to a presidential election. Looking to the past, Andrew Payne writes that while previous administrations have […]

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    Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M. Walt

Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M. Walt

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In The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy, Stephen M. Walt offers a character study of three US administrations and the vast network of think tanks and policy wonks that have influenced the trajectory of America’s recent foreign policy – from its political victories to its fiascoes. This book will be rewarding reading for […]

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    Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

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This week President Trump is in the UK for an official state visit. LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz comments that despite promises of a ‘very good’ trade deal with the UK post-Brexit, Trump can’t guarantee anything without the support of the Democratically-held House of Representatives. 
Why is President Trump coming to London?
Certainly, it’s not to get anything done on […]

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    The Trump administration’s labelling of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group highlights the United States’ unfamiliarity with Iranian politics and society

The Trump administration’s labelling of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group highlights the United States’ unfamiliarity with Iranian politics and society

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In late April, the Trump administration announced it would be designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. Younes Mahmoudieh argues that the designation highlights the United States’ unfamiliarity with Iranian politics and society; while it has been criticized by Western governments and commentators the IRGC is a source of ideological and national pride for the […]

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    New US airstrikes obscure a dramatic development in the Afghan drugs industry – the proliferation of low cost methamphetamine 

New US airstrikes obscure a dramatic development in the Afghan drugs industry – the proliferation of low cost methamphetamine 

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Earlier this month US and Afghan forces bombed 68 drugs labs in South-western Afghanistan, claiming that they caused the Taliban losses of over $1 million per day. David Mansfield and Alexander Soderholm write that not only have the effects of these strikes been exaggerated, their promotion obscures a new reality on the ground: a dramatic growth in the methamphetamine […]

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    Will Dysfunctional Politics Finally End the American Century?

Will Dysfunctional Politics Finally End the American Century?

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The United States has dominated international politics since the end of the Second World War. And while it retains tremendous wealth and military strength, the domestic hyper-partisanship which has characterized the post-Cold War era is draining the country’s ‘usable power’ argue Peter Trubowitz and Peter Harris.

Can the United States continue to shape international politics as it has done for the […]

Why no-one can be the winner in Trump’s trade wars

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President Trump has recently escalated his ongoing trade war with China, increasing import tariffs from 10 to 25 percent. But can any country be the ‘winner’ in a trade war? In new research, Thiemo Fetzer and Carlo Schwarz look at the structure of the retaliation countries have opted for at the onset of the trade war. They find that […]

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    Book Review: The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II by Panagiotis Dimitrakis

Book Review: The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II by Panagiotis Dimitrakis

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In The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II, Panagiotis Dimitrakis explores the clandestine warfare enacted in Argentina by both the Allies and the Axis powers. This expert analysis succeeds in illuminating the often underappreciated and supremely consequential stakes of covert operations in Latin America during World War Two, writes Jeff Roquen. 

The Hidden War in Argentina: […]

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    Despite claims to the contrary, US air raids against Afghanistan’s drugs labs have had little to no impact

Despite claims to the contrary, US air raids against Afghanistan’s drugs labs have had little to no impact

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In 2017 and 2018 US forces based in Afghanistan mounted air raids against drug processing facilities. While it was hoped that targeting these facilities would starve the Taliban of revenue – much as similar operations against Islamic State in Syria had done previously – new research from David Mansfield concludes that this has not been the case, despite their very high cost. Using a […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship with Senator Chris Murphy

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship with Senator Chris Murphy

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On March 20th 2019, the US Centre hosted Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut for his talk, “The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship”. Senator Murphy, who is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, on the future of the US’s relationship with one of its oldest allies in the context […]

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