Archive | 2014

The Case for a Collective Push Against Terrorism: PART ONE

Since September 11th 2012, the realm of international politics has revolved around the combat and suppression of international terrorism. It is difficult to understand why the threat of global terrorism has become such a struggle, as states are exposed to much greater security threats than that of an international terrorist attack. However, the alarmist nature […]

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India can become the economic driver of the BRICS

Headlines concerning a slumping rouble in Russia, infrastructure issues in Johannesburg, and slow growth in both Brazil and China might not be the bearer of bad news for everyone. For India, such a time represents an opportunity in the face of global economic woes. It has not been a good year in economic terms for […]

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China surpasses America as the biggest economy. What next?

The rise of China as a global power over the last 30 years has led to much speculation about what this meant for the existing global order. China with it’s 1.3 billion people, and huge growth has fast become the world’s largest economy based on PPP according to an FT report which cited data from […]

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Weak Russian Economy Not in Europe’s Interest

The West can be forgiven for feeling a little smug about Russia’s current economic woes. But celebrating a weak Russian economy would be foolish – especially for Europe – for two primary reasons: economic ties with Russia and political instability. There is no denying that Russia is experiencing a currency crisis. The rouble continues to drop […]

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Cold Feet in the Caliphate

ALTHOUGH they revile democracy, thousands of European Muslims have, in Lenin’s line, ‘voted with their feet’ and left free societies to join the most reactionary terror group in the world: the Islamic State (Isis). Over 3000 have left their families, relative material comfort and wealth, and in many cases university places, to go to the […]

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Challenges in the Middle East create space for cooperation between Russia and Europe

While the disagreement over Ukraine remains a long-term irritant in Russian relations with Europe, it is still too early to speak about the beginning of the new Cold War. In other regions of the world, both sides face challenges that may demand joint cooperation. Currently, there are three main issues that require collaboration in the […]

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Dynastic politics in Africa

Grace Mugabe may not be a name known to most people outside of Zimbabwe when they think of potential next presidents for the country. However with the ever aging president of Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe is now 90 years old), there is growing speculations of who will be next in line to rise to the heights […]

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Radicalisation in the Sunni community: a problem within

Tripoli, the capital of the Lebanese Sunnis and Lebanon’s second largest city after Beirut, became a battleground for sectarian strife between different groups (Alewites and Sunnis); a conflict exacerbated by the spillover of the Syrian civil war in Lebanon. The “Capital of the North” (Tripoli) has not fully recovered from the on-going battle between its […]

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Forecasting the consequences of U.S. midterm elections

The Democrat’s loss of the U.S. Senate should not be underestimated going into the 2016 Presidential election. The Republican Party now in principle have the power to set the agenda for President Obama’s last two years in office, meaning that a stand-off and hostility between the two parties is likely to increase. Indeed, one prevailing […]

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Europe may follow Japan’s recession

High debt, low growth, and unemployment may become “the new normal in Europe”, according to Christine Lagarde, managing director of The International Monetary Fund (IMF). These words, together with Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that “red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy” mean that 2015 could see a […]

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The Epidemic of Sexual Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Today sexual violence in society is an issue attracting global attention. From the protest inspiring events in India to the June 2014 ‘Global Summit to End Sexual Violence’ hosted in London by the odd pairing of William Hague and Angelina Jolie. Much of the attention has focused on sexual violence in conflict. However outside conflict, […]

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Why Ukraine should not expect financial help from the EU

Parliamentary elections in Ukraine on 26th October indicated that the country is on a Western path. But the euphoria many felt in Kiev after the end of Euromaidan protests may be replaced by hard realisation that not much has changed in Ukraine. The economy is in a dire place and is unlikely to improve any […]

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U.S. Congress relations with Israel

CONVENTIONAL wisdom dictates that America will always support Israel, militarily, financially, politically, in a way no other country does. From vetoing UN resolutions to unparalleled military assistance, it is almost an axiom that the relationship is ‘unbreakable’ and ‘special.’ But relations between the two have fractured in recent months over Israel’s settlement policy, a possible […]

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GPI founder Alexander Clackson discusses the main talking points of the G20 summit

CCTV America interviewed Alexander Clackson on the G20 summit. He’s the founder of the international affairs think-tank Global Political Insight with expertise on Russia.  

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Assessing Matteo Renzi: the great hope of European progressives?

The European republic of Italy faces a difficult situation at present, confronted not only with an economy in the doldrums, but with many of its young people either without a job or having gone abroad in search of employment. But it is also a time of great opportunity, as Italy has a charismatic leader in […]

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