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Can BoJo mojo repair broken Britain? Op-Eds

Can BoJo mojo repair broken Britain?

It’s now official. Yes, Boris Johnson will be reincarnated as an olive. A man who only a few years ago described his chances of becoming the PM as...

Trump extends trade war to Vietnam Analyses & Assessments

Trump extends trade war to Vietnam

The U.S. Commerce Department announced that it would impose duties of up to 456 per cent on corrosion-resistant and cold-rolled steel from Vietnam...

Philippines’ War on Drugs: Gone Too Far? Analyses & Assessments

Philippines’ War on Drugs: Gone Too Far?

The Philippine war on drugs refers to the drug policy under President Rodrigo Duterte, and is aimed at ‘the neutralisation of illegal drug...

Lessons from ‘The Sacrificial Lamb’ Analyses & Assessments

Lessons from ‘The Sacrificial Lamb’

The United Nations report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khasshogi has been released – which claims that Saudi Arabia is responsible under...

Security Trumps Humanity in Central American Migration Crisis Analyses & Assessments

Security Trumps Humanity in Central American Migration Crisis

Donald Trump recently pared away millions of dollars in aid to three central American countries – El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. This was...

The Future of Conflict: South Sudan Analyses & Assessments

The Future of Conflict: South Sudan

South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis resulting from five years of brutal civil war. Despite clarion calls for the...

Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat Analyses & Assessments

Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat

The Philippine government has filed a diplomatic protest over the collision between a Chinese and Filipino fishing vessels which sank the latter in...

Japan’s diplomatic overtures to Iran Analyses & Assessments

Japan’s diplomatic overtures to Iran

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe will visit Iran for a rare diplomatic mission - to mediate between the Islamic republic and its ally, the US. Can...

 Kazakhstan: The Legacy of President Nazarbayev Analyses & Assessments

Kazakhstan: The Legacy of President Nazarbayev

On June 9th, 2019, Kazakhstan held a presidential election following the sudden resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Election day in the...

Sudan: Any Hope for Democracy? Analyses & Assessments

Sudan: Any Hope for Democracy?

The Republic of Sudan, in Northeast Africa, has seen unending violence since the removal of its dictator by the military. With increased calls coming...

The UNHRC as a Champion of Human Rights Analyses & Assessments

The UNHRC as a Champion of Human Rights

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is arguably the jewel in the crown that is the United Nations system of human rights protection. Following a...

The Decline of Educational Diplomacy in Trump’s America Analyses & Assessments

The Decline of Educational Diplomacy in Trump’s America

The United States of America is home to some of the world’s finest educational institutions. With access to cutting edge technology and research...

Netanyahu fails to form a government Analyses & Assessments

Netanyahu fails to form a government

In the April 2019 general elections in Israel, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to form a coalition government. However, he...

No-deal Brexit: Not an option Analyses & Assessments

No-deal Brexit: Not an option

Prime Minister May has announced her resignation as Conservative party head, paving the way for a new British PM to negotiate Brexit. What was Mrs...

Haftar’s quest for oil dominance Analyses & Assessments

Haftar’s quest for oil dominance

Much of Libya’s civil war has focused on control of the nations’ airports. Why have rival factions concentrated on securing Libya’s airports? What is...

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall Analyses & Assessments

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall

Civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict dropped by almost a quarter in the first three months of the year, amid freezing winter weather and a...

Indonesia’s electoral burdens Analyses & Assessments

Indonesia’s electoral burdens

Indonesia votes in the largest single-day elections in history amidst increasing disunity and identity-driven politics. The Republic of Indonesia is...

Russia gambles on Arctic shipping Analyses & Assessments

Russia gambles on Arctic shipping

Russia plans to invest over US$11 billion in the North Sea Route in a move that could have significant economic and strategic ramifications.

Brexit deadline extended to October Analyses & Assessments

Brexit deadline extended to October

Frustrated European leaders abandoned hope that Britain would sort its departure from the European Union anytime soon, slapping aside a proposal by...

China’s Year of the Pig turns sour Analyses & Assessments

China’s Year of the Pig turns sour

China fights a swine flu epidemic as economic indicators continue to demonstrate a downturn.