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Macron and India: Why his visit mattered

On 10 March, French President Emmanuel Macron landed in India for a four-day visit. Coming off the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s rather botched visit to India, this mission was seen as an...

The Irish border continues to cloud Brexit negotiations

Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union have been fraught by disagreement. However, negotiators publicly agree that a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be avoided....
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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 Nang, Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with Chinese...

Spaghetti roads and bullet trains: A history of Zimbabwean elections

In a prescient 2012 paper, Martin Dawson and Tim Kelsall suggested that hopes for better governance in Zimbabwe were nothing short of naïve. Rather, the authors proposed that “the most powerful elite groups will realise...
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Bangladesh road safety protests bring Dhaka to standstill

On 29 July, 2018 two school students were run over by a bus. When asked about the accident at a press conference later that day, the Shipping Minister and Executive President of Bangladesh Road Transport...

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 been threatened, then imposed, and economic changes have followed across...

“History will be kind to Theresa May” says former aide Katie Perrior

Theresa May's former Director of Communications, Katie Perrior, described the media as “eating out of the palm of hand” even before she became the leader of the Conservative Party. How has she gone...
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Bolivia: Relatives rejoice as ex-president found guilty of civilian massacres

There is an Aymara proverb which artfully invokes the idea that returning to the past can trace a path into the future: 'Qhiparu nayraru uñtas sartañani' - 'Looking back, we will move forward'. Over 15...
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Namibia: African success story or elite propaganda?

On 25 July 2018, Samuel Shali Nghihepa, a sergeant in the Namibian Police Special Reserve Force Division, murdered his ex-girlfriend, Alina Kahehongo, in full view of her colleagues at a local supermarket in Windhoek, Namibia's...

Peace in El Pacifico? Colombia’s Chocó region has its own agenda

On 17 June, Colombia votes in the second round of its presidential election: the first since an historic peace agreement was signed in 2016 and the country emerged from almost half a century of...

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