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Putin’s Spluttering Petro-Empire

Putin’s Spluttering Petro-Empire

Lee Jenkins February 27, 2014 2

The breakneck pace of events in Ukraine are part of a much larger geopolitical story of Russia and its post Soviet place in the world. When Vladimir Putin came to power (the first time)

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Three possible outcomes for the future of the EU

Three possible outcomes for the future of the EU

Backbencher February 13, 2014 3

The European Union will soon need to decide what sort of union it’s going to be The European Union is a failed project in many respects. When ‘ever closer union’ was set out as

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Back To The USSR

Back To The USSR

Backbencher January 31, 2014 0

Stephanie Surface analyses Putin’s striving for a new Soviet Union As most of the British media seems to obsess about new laws limiting homosexuals’ rights in Russia, and showing corruption and cronyism at the

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Alex Salmond’s Banana Republic

Alex Salmond’s Banana Republic

Lee Jenkins November 28, 2013 2

The SNP’s vision for an independent Scotland shares a worrying number of traits with the world’s less than successful new states. Dependence on exporting one commodity. The very expression Banana Republic derives from the

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Report released this week examining targeted US killings in Yemen

Report released this week examining targeted US killings in Yemen

Backbencher October 28, 2013 1

Bryony Clarke reports on the findings of the Human Rights Watch’s latest paper discussing US drone strikes. Shortly after 4pm on September 2, 2012, residents of the Yemeni village of Sarar were confronted with

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Toothless Dragon: The Myth Of China’s Century

Toothless Dragon: The Myth Of China’s Century

Lee Jenkins October 24, 2013 0

When they have nothing else to talk about, analysts and strategists can always find a market of people keen to hear how China is poised to dominate the globe. But scratch the surface, and

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Is It Time To Just Let Assad Win?

Is It Time To Just Let Assad Win?

Lee Jenkins October 3, 2013 0

A regime victory is now the least bad outcome for Syria and the world. It’s cost over 100,000 dead, with millions languishing in refugee camps and swaths of ancient cities heartbreakingly destroyed by all

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Syria: Russia 1-0 USA

Syria: Russia 1-0 USA

Backbencher September 19, 2013 0

Putin and Lavrov have run rings around Obama and Kerry over Syria What now for American-Russian relations?  The Russian plan to see Bashar al-Assad remain in power in Syria and hand over his chemical

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The Lib Dems Are Wrong On Nuclear Weapons

The Lib Dems Are Wrong On Nuclear Weapons

Backbencher September 12, 2013 2

The Lib Dem’s policy on nuclear weapons betrays a woeful understanding of their role the real world of geopolitics and national defence Nuclear weapons are naturally controversial. They are, after all, the most devastating

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The 5 Breeds Of Hawk Circling Syria

The 5 Breeds Of Hawk Circling Syria

Lee Jenkins September 12, 2013 0

As the war drums beat in Paris and Washington, we look at the five types of British hawk eager to get a piece of the action in Syria Maude Flanders Collective The vaguest but

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