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Trade and geopolitics push Japan and China together

It was supposedly a quiet conversation that kicked off a diplomatic thaw. On the sidelines of the 2017 Asia Pacific Economic Corporation meeting in Da...

Loneliness in Japan during the heat wave

An unprecedented heat wave has swept across Japan this summer. Record-breaking temperatures have seen Tokyo rise above 40 degrees, and by Tuesday evening more...

Japan’s Prime Minister calls snap election amidst regional instability 

On Monday 25 September, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo announced his government’s intention to stage a general election. The election, scheduled for October 22,...

The Plastic War

From the UN in 2017 to the EU in 2018, we have become accustomed to organisations and countries declaring ‘war on plastic...

The aftermath of Honduras’ coup is fuelling a migrant crisis

The approach of the mid-term elections in the US has seen a sharp uptick in anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the White House. On 16 October,...
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What Is Trump’s Foreign Policy?

Image credit: Marco Verch Following the 2016 Presidential election many were concerned that Donald Trump's victory would herald a spectacular shift in US foreign policy....

World Cup City Guide: Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg (sometimes spelled Ekaterinburg but ALWAYS pronounced Yeh-katerinburg) is the tournament's most easterly host city, lying 1,667km and 28 hours by train away from Moscow. Many...

World Cup City Guide: Saransk

Saransk is comfortably the smallest city on the World Cup list, located a short flight from Moscow, in the central cluster of host cities....
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How does the Mormon church influence international affairs?

On Tuesday, January 16, millions of Mormons around the world tuned into a live broadcast from church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA....
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Landmark trade deal between the EU and Mercosur on the horizon

17 years after the first negotiations began, the European Union and Mercosur (a South American free trade pact between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) are...

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Populism to Pensions: Love or Hate for Putin’s New Policy?

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