Archive | 2015

Russia the winner from Minsk deal on Ukraine

The peace agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, last week regarding eastern Ukraine is undoubtedly welcome. Though fragile, the ceasefire provides some longed-for relief for the population of Donbass. A moment of relative tranquility on its territory is certainly something Ukraine needed desperately for two main reasons. The conflict was a huge drain on the Ukrainian […]

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The demise of traditional two-party politics in southern Europe

For decades, the political systems of southern Europe have closely matched that of the United Kingdom’s, characterised by two dominant parties of Left and Right competing with each other for power and influence. Events of the last few years, however, have called into question the survival of the traditional two-party systems along the southern cone […]

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Diversification to Survive – Utilising LNG to Ensure Baltic Security of Supply

With geopolitical tensions, a history of independent statehood as well as harsh seasonal fluctuations the strategic need for the nations of the Baltic States to diversify their energy supply away from traditional piped Russian gas has become a key concern in recent years. With Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania currently relying almost exclusively on Russian […]

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GPI founder Alexander Clackson discusses crisis in Ukraine

It’s not clear whether Germany and France have co-ordinate their peace efforts with their allies across the Atlantic. French media reports claim the European leaders are going their own way this time… trying to beat a potential US plan to supply weapons to Ukraine. For more on the diplomatic attempts to end the Ukrainian crisis, […]

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Recognising Somaliland as independent

The recent referendum on Scottish independence, as well as affecting UK and European politics, has had farther reaching influence globally. With new calls for self-determination of ethnically diverse groups and regions, such as Catalonia and Kurdistan, Somaliland has become a self-declared independent state. Luckily for Somaliland, it is a region of relative political stability with […]

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Elections in Sri Lanka Benefit India

The fate of Mahinda Rajapaksa has been decided by the people of Sri Lanka, and when Maithripala Sirisena takes his oath as the new President of Sri Lanka, the island will leave behind what has been a tumultuous period of transition since the end of the Civil War in 2009. Despite having won his first […]

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India attempts to enter the African market

It may have taken India’s government a long time to notice, but optimistic forecasts on Africa’s economic growth may finally be pushing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to pinch away at the daunting gap of Chinese investment on the continent, where trade between both nations has ballooned to valued figures over $200 Billion USD. […]

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Why the advent of the Islamic State can be advantageous for China

The looming crisis of the Islamic State (IS) has propelled numerous countries into panic. Others, meanwhile, calmly stand their ground, even if their interests appear somewhat threatened by the advent of this transnational Islamist organisation. China is one such nation. 10 % of its oil is drawn from Iraq, where IS is most prominent. China […]

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The Case for a Collective Push Against Terrorism: PART TWO

Since the global debate on how to combat the threat of terrorism began, the common phrase ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’ has dominated the dialogue, as unfortunately, it is relevant. Moreover, since the fall of 2000, multilateral organizations have continued efforts to develop a comprehensive convention on international terrorism with little or […]

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