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Are the U.S.-Iran relations finally thawing?

Since 1979, relations between Iran and the US have been practically non-existent. Following the 1979 Revolution, all types of partnerships collapsed leading to Iran being one of the most ostracised countries in the international arena. However a combination of factors could now create the opportunity to end the four decade long feud. Preceding the Revolution, Iran and the […]

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Contemporary Sino-Russian Relations: A change in the strategic balance of power

History illustrates that the recurring themes of a world with a fading hegemon are wars and instability. From Eastern Ukraine, to the South China Sea, current events signal a shift in the global strategic balance. Russia and China have become increasingly antagonistic towards the perceived interference from the West into their spheres of influence. These […]

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Libya Three Years On

It has been three years since the civil war that engulfed Libya and resulted in the ousting of Colonel Qaddafi. The images of some citizens celebrating the end of a ruler who was in charge for more than 40 years was supposed to be the first of many promising moments in the new Libya. However far from becoming […]

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U.S. Energy Revolution: What Does It Mean for the UK and Europe?

Communications consultancy APCO’s London office recently held a roundtable discussion with former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and Professor Alan Riley of City University regarding the implications of the U.S. energy revolution for the UK and Europe. The discussion could not have been timelier, with the energy debate in the UK heating up around the […]

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Leaderless world creating an unprecedented political shift

Long gone are the days when America and Western Europe could credibly claim to set the international agenda and lead the way as leaders of the world. Since the financial market meltdown of 2008, it has become clear that nothing can be resolved without substantive support from China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging powers. […]

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Can the Middle East find peace again?

After the Arab Spring began last year, the people in the Middle East and the rest of the world were so much full of hope and aspirations, genuinely or naively believing that this will be a new start for the region. However, one year on, the situation in the Middle East looks far worse than […]

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