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Asia Pacific Politics

Despite appearances China is not a walking contradiction

China’s behaviour often appears contradictory to Western eyes: to discover the truth we need to understand why China’s dialectic tradition confuses us so.

North America Politics

Silicon Valley and New Delhi fear Trump’s visa policy

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to investigate and restrict working visas to the US, especially the H1-B visas often used by Silicon Valley.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

US hikes rates. South Korea holds security talks. Concerns grows over Sudan. The European Council meets. Putin and Abe discuss deal. All in The Week Ahead.

Europe Politics

Pro-Russian wins in Bulgaria and Moldova: Ideology or pragmatism?

Last month, Bulgaria and Moldova elected pro-Russian presidential candidates. What do these victories signify: a reversal of ideological loyalties away from NATO and the EU and towards Russia, a public outcry against the corruption of the pro-Western governing elites, or a new era of ‘pivot states,’ which try to balance out their allegiances? A guest post by Dr. Gergana Dimova.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

What lies ahead for post-election Gambia?

Gambia’s president has stepped aside after 22 years in power. This might mark the beginning of recovery for the Gambian economy, undermined by decades of authoritarian rule.

Europe Politics

Italy and the consequences of the “No” vote

Italy voted “No” to the national referendum on Sunday, December 4th resulting in important economic and political consequences for the nation and the European Union (EU).

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

OPEC meets with non-OPEC producers. UK Court reviews May appeal. ECB to extend bond buying. Trump mulls candidate for Sec. of State. Ghana elects new president.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Why the future of Arab left-wing nationalism matters

The United States is about to adopt a realpolitik foreign policy in the Middle East. This will mean relying on one of the oldest ideologies in the region.

Europe Politics

Are we seeing the end of anti-Russian sanctions?

Upcoming EU elections promise to see greater prominence of pro-Russian candidates, undermining Europe’s efforts to renew is Russian sanctions in 2017.

Europe Politics

Why Italy’s referendum carries risks for the entire EU

Attention is turning to Italy constitutional referendum, where Renzi has said he will resign if he loses the vote. Many fear that the prevailing anti-establishment mood will defeat the government.