International Relations


2010, the Chinese year of the tiger, may be a difficult year for both the literal and metaphorical big cat. While wild tiger numbers have fallen to 3,200, China faces a year of possible difficulties. The fear of rampant inflation, continued conflict over Tibet and other areas of China’s relations with the wider world, and an increase in protectionism could all combine to trip up the Chinese behemoth. (more…)

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The disaster in Haiti seems to have exposed the differing capabilities of states around the world in reaction to disasters and other security problems. The US has been, perhaps predictably, noticeably active in promising money, aid and troops in order to rebuild the shattered country. However, there seems to be a worrying lack of action from certain states lauded as the bearers of power in the 21st century. What has Haiti exposed on the international scene? (more…)

So Obama’s first year in charge is drawing to a close. How has he done? In the first of this month’s contributions I shall be looking at his foreign policy, and particularly his policy towards the Middle East. Not averse to a bit of populism, I am going to go for an American-style gradecard.

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A month’s scrutiny of the E.U. and its politics has touched on several different areas and, worryingly, problems with the institution. However a contradiction has emerged in the arguments seen on Gaps in the Dialogue that should be addressed. That is, if we can find so many faults with the E.U. why do British politicians and the contributions on this site call for widening integration? Why should Turkey, the Ukraine, or possibly Russia be brought into an institution that, many argue, is flawed? (more…)

The EU decides on regulation that affects all citizens and it also has the power to be a force on the world stage. The complete lack of attention paid to what goes on in Brussels is a result of convenience on the part of our national politicians, and timidity and a failure of communication on the part of our media and civil society.

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The topic of European Integration is often approached tentatively in this country to say the least. A gap in the EU dialogue is the case for full EU integration and for Britain to relinquish more power to the EU as its primary governing body. In this article, I try to make a case for that and argue that this should be done without seeking consent from the British public

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Two weeks in December will not solve the problem of climate change, and only a new focus on mobilising popular pressure for mitigation will bring the solutions required. Only when public engagement on the issue is stronger will diplomats feel an overriding need to sign a deal, abandoning some incremental nationalist advantage in order to deliver the long-term gain for present and future generations. (more…)

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