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Since 2001, the price of the war in Afghanistan has been steep: over $1 trillion spent and 20,000 US military casualties, not to mention the tens of thousands of Afghans who have been …

In today’s world, cities grow seemingly limitless, and an ever-increasing number of people live in huge metropolitan areas. Our transportation systems are not able to process such challenges and regularly stand on the …

“If you choose the status quo, millions of Yemeni children will die. This may seem dramatic, but watching a child starve to death is dramatic.” Iona Craig speaking in Parliament at Yemen Day …

At the centre of London lies a paradox. The world’s financial capital is the centre of a monetary union to which it does not belong. Much of the business done in the City …

Asia

Despite taking two weeks off for a golfing holiday, Trump’s first summer in the White House has been far from sedate and has been notable for a further ratcheting up …

Which country are you from? Hong Kong. So you’re from China. Yes and no. But isn’t Hong Kong in China? Yes, but they’re not the exact same. But you have …

The Rohingyas, resident in Myanmar but of another ethnic and religious descent, have been in the international spotlight since their mass exodus from the Rakhine state of Myanmar beginning last …

The China Series

Europe

Every state has its founding myths. Perhaps the most persistent myth associated with the European project was articulated by one of its founding fathers, Jean Monnet: Europe will be forged …

‘Look at the chaos of European history. Europeans cannot believe in certainty.’ – Carl Andre Last Friday, the Catalan regional parliament, a legislature with 135 seats, voted 70-10 in favour …

Sometimes, political events happen so fast, involve so many actors and are so confusing that it is difficult to depict them in a way that appears fair to everyone. The …

Middle East

Yesterday, March 29th, the Arab League gathered for the Amman Summit. This was the 28th such summit since the Arab League was established seven decades ago. The purpose of the …

With the continuation of the conflict in the Middle-East, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have joined the already enormous ranks of refugees seeking asylum in Europe – though the old …

In order to understand the current European and world migrant crisis, it is imperative to study the roots of the conflict impelling citizens to flee their own countries and hometowns for a …

Revisiting the Iraq War

Americas

In the modern age of short news cycles and even shorter attention spans, things that ought to shock and disturb us are quickly accepted as the new norm. I could list …

The recent gubernatorial elections in Venezuela, in which Nicolas Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party unexpectedly won eighteen out of twenty-three state governorships, has promoted yet another salvo of criticism from domestic …

Several days ago, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be withdrawing its membership from the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – the UN body …

Africa

Once again the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) emerges victorious at the 11th General elections of the world’s largest diamond producing country, Botswana. With an outstanding track record of peaceful, free, …

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed close to 5,000 lives. The UN predicts up to 10,000 new cases per week could soon be witnessed. World Bank president …

Taking the country to war is the most serious decision that any government will ever make. A decision for war involves placing British service personnel into life-threatening situations, as well …
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