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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boko Haram and Nigeria – an analysis

We often find ourselves cruelly reminded of the primacy of ‘news values’. Last September, up to 50 male students at a college in northeast Nigeria were slaughtered: many burned alive, those fleeing drowned in showers of bullets. The news was reported by a few wires. Again in February, 59 boys were locked in Buni Yadi […]

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Opinion: What role should the West play in the Middle East?

The ‘jihadist turn’ of the Syrian Civil War has brought into focus a familiar set of Western neuroses.  Terror, security, militant Islam, the unparalleled (or so we are told) horrors of ISIS; all are invoked as justifications for a renewed campaign of military intervention in the Middle East.  These claims are of course closely related […]

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President Obama’s elusive new nuclear strategy

2014 will be remembered as the year the Cold War restarted. Last month, in light of recent events in Europe, Newport saw the NATO military alliance meet for the first time since 1990. Emerging from the summit, a fresh wave of sanctions set to reprimand Russia for their Ukrainian escapade, along with a united call […]

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Opinion: Why bombing Islamic State will only fan the flames

The votes have been counted; Britain is off to join another war in Iraq. Declared in 2001, the fact the ‘War on Terror’ is still raging is a telling sign that the tactics are not working. When two innocent British hostages are beheaded, and videos of their execution are distributed over the internet, it is […]

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GPI founder Alexander Clackson on Channel One Russia (in Russian)

Channel One Russia (Первый канал) did a reportage on Ukraine for its 9 pm news programme Vremya, the main evening newscast in Russia. Alexander Clackson shared his brief analysis from 4 min 57 seconds. The reportage is in Russian.   http://www.1tv.ru/news/world/269803

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Opinion: The Moral Necessity of Supporting the Kurds

Kurdish protestors rallied across the world, from Britain to Iran, demanding more support for the militias fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS). Particularly in the besieged city of Kobane, on the Turkey-Syria border, where ISIS has attacked for over three weeks. At least 500 people have died in the conflict, which has brought Jihadism right […]

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The United States and Iran should cooperate on tackling Islamic State

The United States should take this opportunity to reset relations with the Middle East’s main political player. Politics is a fickle game, especially when the United States is involved. Twelve years on from President Bush’s famous Axis of Evil speech, which condemned Iran as a supporter of terrorism, and the chief architect of their crippling […]

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