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February 26, 2017

Navigating Choppy Waters: The Donald and Diplomacy

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By Jeremy Wong With Donald Trump now the President of the United States, the world watches his every move; trying to analyse and figure out the motivations as well as the implications of his new policies. Trump is not known to be likeable to most world leaders, and he has recently made relations with Beijing even sourer after his administration took a tougher stance on China regarding the South China…

The End of the Road for South Sudan?

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By Anonymous After the traumatic experience of the Sudanese Civil War, including massacres and the kidnap of children to be sold into slavery, the declaration of South Sudanese independence on the 6th July 2011 was a day of rejoicing. Crowds lined the streets to celebrate what they hoped would be the beginning of a bright future. Yet today, just 6 years later, there are already growing calls for an international…

Dividing Lines: The Perils of Patriotism

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By Josh McCarthy Patriotism [NOUN]: The quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one’s country. That’s what Oxford’s academics have to say. But it’s clear that loving one’s country is not a switch turned off or on. The essence of national loyalism within a population represents a wide-reaching spectrum of intensity. Still, it’s difficult to deny its presence is rife in many of the world’s largest developing and developed nations….

Trump’s Russian Travails: Diplomatic Pragmatist or Putin’s Puppet?

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By Rajan Soni Donald Trump’s alleged links Moscow have consistently provided his critics with a stick to beat him with. With further evidence surfacing last week suggesting contact between Trump’s election campaign and Russian intelligence officials, many are suggesting that the culmination of this apparent scandal could prove to be Trump’s Watergate. But what exactly is the nature of the relationship between the Trump administration and Putin’s Russia, and, should…

The Fractured Republic: Renewing the American Social Contract in the Age of Individualism

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By Preslav Tonkov In his treatise, The Politics, Aristotle laid the foundations for modern political science by suggesting that “man is by nature a political animal”. The essence of Aristotle’s argument is that we cannot live outside of society because we are naturally sociable creatures, and that we will always strive to live under a form of polity along with others. In modern times, the most enduring form of polity…

Corbyn Blamed as Labour Loses Crucial Copeland Byelection to the Tories

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By Oliver Wheeler The Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership took a big hit on Thursday when Labour lost Copeland constituency in Cumbria, a seat the party has held since its creation 85 years ago, to the Conservatives: the first instance since 1982 (when the newly formed SDP split the vote on the left in Mitcham & Morden) that the opposition has lost a byelection to the government. Labour managed…