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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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    The US Congress understands the importance of Special Forces oversight, why doesn’t the UK Parliament?

The US Congress understands the importance of Special Forces oversight, why doesn’t the UK Parliament?

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The US Congress has recently ordered a review of the country’s special operations forces – something that the UK Parliament is unable to do. As special forces are increasingly used in actions overseas, and face growing questions about accountability and resources, Liam Walpole argues it is time for the UK government to abandon its outdated attitude and allow for […]

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    Primary Primers: Many of the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary want to re-write America’s foreign policy

Primary Primers: Many of the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary want to re-write America’s foreign policy

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Since the early 1990s, US foreign policy has largely centered on promoting and preserving – often via military interventions – the rules-based order of democracy and free-trade across the world. Thomas Furse writes that many candidates in the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary field advocate that the US pursues a more restrained foreign policy – one that emphasizes consent, not […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: What the US-North Korea summit may have in store with Stephan Haggard

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: What the US-North Korea summit may have in store with Stephan Haggard

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For this Extra Inning from the US Centre’s Ballpark podcast, host Chris Gilson speaks to North Korea expert Professor Stephan Haggard about the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea. We explore what’s at stake and what the summit may be able to achieve.

Stephan Haggard is the Krause Distinguished Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy […]

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    Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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Matthew Leep and Jeremy Pressman find that foreign criticism of Israel is modestly consequential, but is generally on par with domestic (American) criticism. They also suggest that Americans might be willing to discount foreign criticism in the face of bipartisan domestic support for Israel.

Foreign sources potentially provide important information and perspectives on international affairs for domestic audiences. While there […]

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    China’s Great Wall reminds us that walls are not good or evil. What’s important is who controls who flows through them.

China’s Great Wall reminds us that walls are not good or evil. What’s important is who controls who flows through them.

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Walls have very much been in the news of late, with President Trump pushing for a “big, beautiful wall” on the border with Mexico to prevent the entry of undocumented immigrants. But not all walls are inherently bad, writes William A. Callahan. Using China’s Great Wall as an example, he argues that we need to understand them as gateways […]

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    Book Review: A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Book Review: A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism by Jeffrey D. Sachs

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In A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism, Jeffrey D. Sachs argues that the Trump adminstration is a particularly severe episode in a centuries-long tradition of misguided exceptionalist US foreign policy. Instead, he suggests that the US could and should re-commit to international institutions and multilateralism in a book that offers a broad alternative vision not only to the approach of the […]

Backwards, march! Brexit, CANZUK and the legacy of empire

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Talk of ‘Global Britain’ has revived CANZUK – a proposed alliance of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, sharing some of the principles of the EU. Duncan Bell and Srdjan Vucetic discuss the history of the idea and argue that it is impossible to isolate it from its colonial origins.

It was coined in the 1950s, but the term CANZUK – […]

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    Trump has undone the years of progress in US-Iran relations achieved under Obama

Trump has undone the years of progress in US-Iran relations achieved under Obama

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Nearly four years ago, the US, along with five other countries agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for the curtailment of the country’s nuclear programs. While this agreement helped thaw US-Iranian relations during the Obama administration, President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal has seen a massive decline in engagement between the two countries and a return to […]

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    Trump’s reinstatement and expansion of the global gag rule has harmful effects for women, men, and children

Trump’s reinstatement and expansion of the global gag rule has harmful effects for women, men, and children

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Two years ago this month, President Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule – the perennial Republican policy which cuts US funding for any organisation worldwide which offers abortion services or counselling. Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Ernestina Coast and Nicky Armstrong argue that not only will the measure – which covers a pot of nearly $10 billion […]

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