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March 7, 2017

Is Macron a Competitive Candidate?

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By Yllka Krasniqi French presidential candidate poses an option for voters dissatisfied with the left and the right Macron, the former Minister of Economy and finance under President Hollande, is running as a candidate in the French presidential elections for his new party, “En Marche!” (Moving On!) The 39-year old politician has presented an option for those in France who are dissatisfied with both the left and the right. Positioning…

Obama’s Drone War: A Review

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by Cameron Chippindale The controversial foreign policy has been a mix of success and failure In early 2009 the newly inaugurated President Obama gave the order to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to dramatically increase the scale of America’s drone warfare programme in Pakistan. What had once been a limited and sporadic programme under Bush became the infamous “unblinking eye”, a vast fleet of merciless predator drones humming almost constantly…

The Long Read: Why I’m Leaving the LSE

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By Aiden Singh It is the main organ of the human nervous system. It regulates our sleep patterns, produces our vision, and ensures the proper functioning of our vital organs. And, most importantly to social scientists, it is responsible for our decision-making and social interactions. Yet the human brain – the organ that is ultimately responsible for the development of organised government, the market mechanism, and our legal systems –…

China’s Rise and Superpower Warfare

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By K Goh The meteoric rise of China as an economic power in the last three decades has led International Relations theorists such as John Mearsheimer to predict the coming of intense conflict between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. This case is driven by three main arguments: domestic politics, economic interdependence and the problem presented by a security dilemma. First, in marginalising the influence of domestic…

Fighting for Free Speech in Turkey

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By Paula Grabosch Journalism is not a crime. With these words emblazoned across their banners, protesters drove through Berlin and other German cities last week in solidarity with Deniz Yücel. The #FreeDeniz movement was brought to life after the German-Turkish journalist was taken into police custody in Istanbul last Monday.   On the 14th February, the 43-year-old correspondent for German newspaper Die Welt was arrested and has now, two weeks…

America First, Democracy Second?

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By Zikai Chua “Enemies of the people” was the phrase US President Donald Trump used to describe media outlets which publish what he labels “fake news”. The 45th President of the United States has faced intense scrutiny, often accompanied by harsh criticisms, of his each and every move during his short stint as President of the United States, and rightly so. In hindsight, perhaps the exclusion of news agencies (including…

2017: What Will Become of You?

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The PRS Symposium will explore how we can deal with political risks in this new political age. The political earthquakes of 2016 have made evident that political risk has become increasingly hard to understand and manage. Whereas previously, investors were cautious over the unpredictability of emerging markets, Europe and the U.S.A. have now demonstrated that they too are a source of volatility. 2017 is likely to be a bearer of…

LSE Cleaners Vote To Strike on 15th and 16th March

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by Bhadra Sreejith, News Editor LSE cleaners who are members of the United Voices of the World union have returned a 100% yes vote for strike action. The strike dates are 15th and 16th March. This will be the first strike by outsourced staff in the 126 year history of the LSE. The LSE outsources cleaning to Noonan, an Irish firm who provide ‘strategic outsourcing solutions’ to the LSE. The…