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    Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

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This week President Trump is in the UK for an official state visit. LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz comments that despite promises of a ‘very good’ trade deal with the UK post-Brexit, Trump can’t guarantee anything without the support of the Democratically-held House of Representatives. 
Why is President Trump coming to London?
Certainly, it’s not to get anything done on […]

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    The Trump administration’s labelling of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group highlights the United States’ unfamiliarity with Iranian politics and society

The Trump administration’s labelling of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group highlights the United States’ unfamiliarity with Iranian politics and society

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In late April, the Trump administration announced it would be designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. Younes Mahmoudieh argues that the designation highlights the United States’ unfamiliarity with Iranian politics and society; while it has been criticized by Western governments and commentators the IRGC is a source of ideological and national pride for the […]

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    New US airstrikes obscure a dramatic development in the Afghan drugs industry – the proliferation of low cost methamphetamine 

New US airstrikes obscure a dramatic development in the Afghan drugs industry – the proliferation of low cost methamphetamine 

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Earlier this month US and Afghan forces bombed 68 drugs labs in South-western Afghanistan, claiming that they caused the Taliban losses of over $1 million per day. David Mansfield and Alexander Soderholm write that not only have the effects of these strikes been exaggerated, their promotion obscures a new reality on the ground: a dramatic growth in the methamphetamine […]

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    Will Dysfunctional Politics Finally End the American Century?

Will Dysfunctional Politics Finally End the American Century?

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The United States has dominated international politics since the end of the Second World War. And while it retains tremendous wealth and military strength, the domestic hyper-partisanship which has characterized the post-Cold War era is draining the country’s ‘usable power’ argue Peter Trubowitz and Peter Harris.

Can the United States continue to shape international politics as it has done for the […]

Why no-one can be the winner in Trump’s trade wars

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President Trump has recently escalated his ongoing trade war with China, increasing import tariffs from 10 to 25 percent. But can any country be the ‘winner’ in a trade war? In new research, Thiemo Fetzer and Carlo Schwarz look at the structure of the retaliation countries have opted for at the onset of the trade war. They find that […]

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    Book Review: The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II by Panagiotis Dimitrakis

Book Review: The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II by Panagiotis Dimitrakis

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In The Hidden War in Argentina: British and American Espionage in World War II, Panagiotis Dimitrakis explores the clandestine warfare enacted in Argentina by both the Allies and the Axis powers. This expert analysis succeeds in illuminating the often underappreciated and supremely consequential stakes of covert operations in Latin America during World War Two, writes Jeff Roquen. 

The Hidden War in Argentina: […]

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    Despite claims to the contrary, US air raids against Afghanistan’s drugs labs have had little to no impact

Despite claims to the contrary, US air raids against Afghanistan’s drugs labs have had little to no impact

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In 2017 and 2018 US forces based in Afghanistan mounted air raids against drug processing facilities. While it was hoped that targeting these facilities would starve the Taliban of revenue – much as similar operations against Islamic State in Syria had done previously – new research from David Mansfield concludes that this has not been the case, despite their very high cost. Using a […]

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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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