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    New evidence suggests that for legislators, dovishness or hawkishness has little to do with gender.

New evidence suggests that for legislators, dovishness or hawkishness has little to do with gender.

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Past research has uncovered distinct differences in how male and female legislators vote. But do these differences apply to foreign policy and military matters as well? In new research which analyses several decades of US House and Senate votes, William Bendix and Gyung-Ho Jeong find no difference in how men and women vote on military matters. Legislators, they write, […]

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    Primary Primers: Why the 2020 Democratic candidates’ biggest China challenge may be President Trump

Primary Primers: Why the 2020 Democratic candidates’ biggest China challenge may be President Trump

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While China has been a consistent target of President Trump’s ire since he became president, discussions about the US’ relationship with the country have featured little in the 2020 election primaries. Oliver Turner looks at how the major Democratic presidential candidates are positioning themselves on China. He writes that no matter their policy plans for the future of the […]

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    Book Review: America’s Covert War in East Africa: Surveillance, Rendition, Assassination by Clara Usiskin

Book Review: America’s Covert War in East Africa: Surveillance, Rendition, Assassination by Clara Usiskin

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In America’s Covert War in East Africa: Surveillance, Rendition, Assassination, Clara Usiskin offers an analysis of the impact of the ‘War on Terror’ in East Africa, painting a grave picture of its effects. This is an informative and well-written read that shows how counterterrorism operations and policies have created national and regional security apparatuses that have become tools of authoritarian regimes […]

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    Book Review: Bluster: Donald Trump’s War on Terror by Peter Neumann

Book Review: Bluster: Donald Trump’s War on Terror by Peter Neumann

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A puzzle surrounds the Donald Trump presidency: for all of his rhetoric surrounding terrorism and counterterrorism, little appears to have changed when it comes to actual policy. In Bluster: Donald Trump’s War on Terror, Peter Neumann delves into this paradox in his comprehensive account of US foreign policymaking under Trump. Jonny Hall finds this an admirable review of the Trump administration’s […]

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    NAFTA 2.0 is a welcome deal for the US, Canada and Mexico in a time of trade uncertainty

NAFTA 2.0 is a welcome deal for the US, Canada and Mexico in a time of trade uncertainty

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President Trump ran for office with a vow to renegotiate or scrap 1994’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and at the end of 2016 the US, Canada and Mexico signed an agreement which would replace the older agreement. In new research Dimitrios Bakas, Karen Jackson and Georgios Magkonis find that a collapse of the old NAFTA deal would […]

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    Long Read Review: The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

Long Read Review: The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

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In The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power offers a political memoir that traces her life story from her beginnings as an Irish immigrant to the US through to her work as a war correspondent in the Balkans and her ascent to the White House, where she served as President Barack Obama’s human rights adviser and became the youngest ever US Ambassador […]

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    LSE US Centre Event Review: Can America Still Have a Successful Foreign Policy? With Professor Stephen M. Walt

LSE US Centre Event Review: Can America Still Have a Successful Foreign Policy? With Professor Stephen M. Walt

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Charles Dunst reviews the recent US Centre public event ‘Can America Still Have a Successful Foreign Policy?’ with Professor Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s chaotic removal of American forces from Syria, on 21 October Stephen M. Walt, Robert and […]

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    As Trump pushes to halt ‘endless wars’, the War on Terror continues unabated

As Trump pushes to halt ‘endless wars’, the War on Terror continues unabated

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Several weeks ago, President Trump announced that US forces in north-eastern Syria would be withdrawn, citing one factor behind the move as being part of his continued rejection of the ‘endless wars’ the US has been engaged in since the end of the Cold War. Jonny Hall writes that Trump has largely moved away from military involvement in words […]

  • Two satellite maps showing a meth lab in Bakwa, Farah, Afghanistan, still functioning despite a downturn in both oman and meth prices and recent interdiction efforts
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    Long Read: The unknown unknowns of Afghanistan’s new wave of methamphetamine production

Long Read: The unknown unknowns of Afghanistan’s new wave of methamphetamine production

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Recent years have seen a massive upswing in the production of ephedra and methamphetamine from the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan. David Mansfield, the Organisation for Sustainable Development and Research and Alex Soderholm give a detailed account of how methamphetamine is produced from its precursor plant, oman, and distributed across Afghanistan and beyond into Iran and Pakistan. What we […]

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    So, you want to buy 98 per cent of our territory? A Danish perspective on American-Danish-Greenlandic relations

So, you want to buy 98 per cent of our territory? A Danish perspective on American-Danish-Greenlandic relations

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President Trump’s offer to buy Greenland reflects an increased American interest in the territory. As Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen writes, while Greenland will not be sold any time soon, complicated trilateral negotiations will commence, where Denmark will have to strike a balance between several pressures.

Although President Trump’s recent offer to buy Greenland from Denmark was always unlikely to succeed, the […]

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