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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: Russian Hackers, Trolls and #DemocracyRIP: an event with Professor Kathleen Jamieson

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: Russian Hackers, Trolls and #DemocracyRIP: an event with Professor Kathleen Jamieson

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On the 27th of February 2020, the LSE US Centre hosted Professor Kathleen Jamieson for the event Russian Hackers, Trolls and #DemocracyRIP. In this lecture, Professor Jamieson brought together what is known about the impact of the Russian interventions in the 2016 US presidential election, outlined the contours of the #DemocracyRIP Russian plans to undercut the presidency of Hillary Clinton, and asked […]

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    The COVID-19 crisis is another signal that the American era is ending 

The COVID-19 crisis is another signal that the American era is ending 

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With over 100,000 dead and well over 1 million cases, the US has been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gustavo Palomares Lerma writes that while in the recent past, America has presented itself as a global leader, the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic – both at home and abroad – illustrates that it is now a power that is very much in decline.

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    Book Review: Counterintelligence Theory and Practice by Hank Prunckun

Book Review: Counterintelligence Theory and Practice by Hank Prunckun

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In Counterintelligence Theory and Practice, Hank Prunckun aims to address the relative lack of theory-driven research and observations when it comes to the study of counterintelligence. Designed as a textbook, this work is a valuable contribution that will be particularly useful to those who are new to the counterintelligence field, writes Courteney J. O’Connor. 

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    Book Review: Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations by William A. Callahan

Book Review: Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations by William A. Callahan

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In Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations, William A. Callahan focuses on the role of visuality in world politics, pushing ideas on what the visual can do through a broad investigation into all things visible and everyday, ranging from film and borders to beauty pageants and maps. Offering a multisensory reading experience in its own interplay of image and text, […]

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    Book Review: Against Borders: Why the World Needs Free Movement of People by Alex Sager

Book Review: Against Borders: Why the World Needs Free Movement of People by Alex Sager

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In Against Borders: Why the World Needs Free Movement of People, Alex Sager makes a timely and thoughtful case for a borderless world, grounded in the principles of freedom and equality. The book offers a compelling argument against borders as a means of unjustified exclusion, writes Marco Bitschnau, and is recommended to all those who have long questioned borders […]

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    Book Review: Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development by Rebecca Warne-Peters

Book Review: Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development by Rebecca Warne-Peters

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In Implementing Inequality: The Invisible Labor of International Development, Rebecca Warne-Peters examines the inequalities at play within the development sector, focusing on a democratisation initiative in Angola to consider the social dynamics between in-country development professionals. The book emphasises the need for a thorough examination of the practices of development organisations if decolonisation initiatives are to be successful, writes […]

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    Why the United States’ maximum pressure approach toward Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to stabilize Venezuela.

Why the United States’ maximum pressure approach toward Nicolás Maduro is unlikely to stabilize Venezuela.

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At the end of March, the US Justice Department charged Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, and other government officials with “narcoterrorism”. John Polga-Hecimovich writes that, along with sanctions and naval counternarcotics operations near Venezuela, the charges are part of the Trump administration’s campaign to oust Maduro in favor of Juan Guaidó. And while this strategy may ultimately be successful, he […]

The challenging future for restraint in US foreign policy

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There has been a growing debate over restraint in US foreign policy, fueled most recently by President Trump’s removal of troops from Syria last year. But, writes C. William Walldorf, Jr., those who wish to see more restraint in US foreign policy face domestic challenges: partisanship, and the need to be seen to be against the other side, the […]

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    Are US and Chinese leaders passing the stress test posed by the Covid-19 crisis? 

Are US and Chinese leaders passing the stress test posed by the Covid-19 crisis? 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought tensions between the US and China to the fore. In this interview, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that the crisis has reinforced the view that the US is too dependent on Chinese-based supply chains, and highlighted the United States’ lack of leadership in the world under President Trump’s ‘America First’ policies.

Has the pandemic accelerated the breakdown of relations between the US […]

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    Book Review: Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System by Paul Blustein

Book Review: Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System by Paul Blustein

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In Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System, Paul Blustein dives below the foam and froth of the China-US bilateral rivalry to craft a critical understanding of China and its impact on trade and the international order. The book is useful reading for those seeking to understand the ‘China Shock’ and the ensuing trade conflict between China and […]

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