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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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    Trump’s base does not support withdrawing US troops from Syria; Americans continue to favor international engagement.

Trump’s base does not support withdrawing US troops from Syria; Americans continue to favor international engagement.

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Last month, President Trump announced that US troops would be leaving Syria. While some have suggested that Trump’s move is yet another example of the President pandering to his base, Thomas Gift and Jonathan Monten show that recent survey data do not bear this out: 70 percent of Republicans who back Trump support the use of US troops overseas […]

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    Book Review: Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate by Andrew Paxman

Book Review: Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate by Andrew Paxman

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In Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate, Andrew Paxman offers a biography of William Oscar Jenkins, who became one of Mexico’s most significant business magnates in the aftermath of the 1910 Revolution. This is a compelling account, writes Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, that will be invaluable to those interested in the histories of business, cinema, the […]

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    A closer inspection of Trump’s new counterterrorism strategy shows that it is anything but

A closer inspection of Trump’s new counterterrorism strategy shows that it is anything but

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At the beginning of October, the Trump administration published the US’ first new National Strategy for Counterterrorism in seven years. Jonny Hall writes that while the new Strategy goes beyond its predecessors in some respects, it is also littered with oddities, inconsistencies and contradictions with previous US counterterrorism efforts. He argues that overall, the new strategy is fairly conventional […]

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    The Syria withdrawal announcement shows that Donald Trump is now freelancing US foreign policy

The Syria withdrawal announcement shows that Donald Trump is now freelancing US foreign policy

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In a move that has surprised US partners and allies, this week President Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops based in Syria, citing victory over ISIS. Jasmine Gani writes that while members of the Trump administration have, until now, offered reassurances that the US would remain in Syria, President Trump has been making comments to the contrary since […]

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