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COP 23: Do the Paris climate agreements have a future?

Without any additional policy to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, it is probable that the world will face a temperature rise of 3°C or more in the coming decades - with catastrophic effects for the environment and...
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It’s the ideology, stupid: understanding US tax reform

Keenly overseen by unfettered commentary from the Presidential Twitter pulpit, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a bill on Friday that will rearrange the corporate and private citizens’ federal tax structures...

Chilean elections explained: Piñera likely to secure second round victory

On 19 November, Chile will vote to elect a new president, as well as half of the Senate, 250 national deputies and 270 provincial legislators. The most likely scenario is that no candidate secures...

The reasons behind Theresa May’s attack on Russia

Another week, another major Western politician attacks Russia. This round saw British Prime Minister Theresa May use a major foreign policy speech at the London Guildhall to launch something of a tirade against the...
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The US’ Chechnya policy: From silent to outspoken

On Wednesday 2 November, the United States Senate passed a resolution that condemned human rights violations against LGBT men in Chechnya. The resolution stated that “the Senate condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya...

Theresa May’s Tarantula: Who is Gavin Williamson?

Following the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon on Wednesday, Gavin Williamson, who has been chief whip for the Conservative Party since July 2016 and has no previous ministerial experience, has been appointed as UK Defence Secretary. Fallon...
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Will the EU expand into the Western Balkans?

Within the EU, 2017 has been a year of tense elections and ambitious speeches, with key figures calling for EU reform and setting out their own visions of the future. The Western Balkans (Albania,...

Honduras elections: Hernández seeks “illegal” reelection

On 26 November, Honduras will hold a hotly-disputed general election to decide, among many other things, the fate of its current president, Juan Orlando Hernández. More than six million registered voters will head to the...
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Jared O’Mara: Should decades-old comments cost him his job?

It is no secret that social media has transformed politics across the globe both positively and negatively. For every person inspired to vote by a new generation of politicians reaching out online, there is...
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Argentina elections: Murder mystery fails to halt Macri

Even by Argentine standards, this year's legislative mid-term campaign was a turbulent one. The election saw incumbent president Mauricio Macri’s position strengthened as his coalition, Cambiemos ("Let's change"), scored a landslide victory. Cambiemos received 40.7% of the votes...

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US-China Trade War and the Future International Order

The current trade war between the United States and China has become one of the defining features of this year's news cycle. Tariffs have...
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Remember, remember, 17th November?

As rebellions go, it was significantly less explosive than that planned by Guy Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators in 1605, aiming to blow up...