US foreign affairs and the North American neighbourhood

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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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    Long Read: Are the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban fundamentally flawed?

Long Read: Are the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban fundamentally flawed?

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With the United States and the Taliban close to reaching a conclusion to nearly 10 years of peace talks, it is becoming increasingly likely that the United States will announce the complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly two decades. Here Barbara Kelemen and Terra Schroeder explain five possible flaws in the negotiations.

While peace talks have occurred in the […]

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    Trump’s Greenland plan is the rebirth of an 1867 American dream

Trump’s Greenland plan is the rebirth of an 1867 American dream

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Earlier this month, President Trump floated suggested that the US might be interested in purchasing Greenland from Denmark. While Trump’s interest in the world’s largest island has been met with disbelief, Dwayne Ryan Menezes reminds us that this is not the first time the US has had designs on acquiring Arctic territories.

On August 15th, #Greenland was among the most […]

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    Donald Trump’s designs on Greenland are a further reminder of the decline of the US-led liberal world order

Donald Trump’s designs on Greenland are a further reminder of the decline of the US-led liberal world order

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Last week President Trump floated the idea that the US could purchase Greenland from Denmark, earning him a rebuke from that country’s Prime Minister. Ulrik Pram Gad writes that the spat between Denmark and Trump over Greenland shows that the president’s slow dismantling of the US-led liberal world order has now also become the problem of smaller nations – […]

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    Book Review: America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump by Sharifullah Dorani

Book Review: America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump by Sharifullah Dorani

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In America in Afghanistan: Foreign Policy and Decision Making from Bush to Obama to Trump, Sharifullah Dorani focuses on the US intervention in Afghanistan and the decision-making processes of the last three American administrations. This is a valuable contribution to understanding the complex motivations, causes and consequences of US policy towards Afghanistan and the internal disagreements between the actors, writes Berkay Gülen.

America in […]

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    Book Review: Politics Rules: Power, Globalization and Development by Adam Sneyd

Book Review: Politics Rules: Power, Globalization and Development by Adam Sneyd

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In Politics Rules: Power, Globalization and Development, Adam Sneyd confronts the neglect of politics in government and mainstream development circles, stressing the importance of careful, ‘disinterested’ political analysis. While suggesting that there may be no easy way out of the trap of ideology, Gavin Fridell welcomes the book as a thought-provoking and engaging guide that plots conceptual and practical ways […]

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    Canada’s quiet complicity with the increasingly elastic US border

Canada’s quiet complicity with the increasingly elastic US border

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For the past two years, much attention has been paid to the US government’s heavy-handed enforcement practices at its southern border. Emily Gilbert writes that these practices are also taking place on the US-Canada border where refugees are similarly denied the ability to make asylum claims because of their country of origin. She draws attention to the elasticity of […]

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    Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

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In There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, Greg Beckett offers a richly detailed, decade-long ethnography of Haiti that digs into how it feels to endure ‘forever crisis’. This deep and thoughtful study shows a sensitivity to the affect of ongoing disaster and the relationship between crisis and ordinariness, contributing to both the literature on Haitian politics and […]

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    Americans lack the stomach for a protracted trade war with China

Americans lack the stomach for a protracted trade war with China

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In recent weeks, the US-China trade war has ratcheted up, with both sides adopting new measures designed to inflict pain on the other’s economy. As US and Chinese leadership attempt to credibly commit to waiting out the other in a bruising economic battle, Thomas Gift explains why China may have the advantage. He argues that Americans are largely unwilling […]

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