Iran among the ruins (by Vali Nasr) 13 February 2018 Vali Nasr provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolving role of Iran in the Middle East, arguing that demonizing Tehran and re-introducing sanctions against it is a bad policy for the U.S. He shows that the increasing Iranian influence in a range of countries- war-torn Syria, Iraq, Qatar- is due to a large extent to America’s own policy...

    Why China will win the trade war (by Philippe Legrain) 13 April 2018 Although Donald Trump has a strong faith that the U.S. would win the trade war with China, this Foreign Policy piece argues that China is much stronger politically and economically. If we take into account the trade war, the authors highlight that the both parties will lose, however, they will do their best to get less...

Today, the British Prime Minister is expected to announce whatever sanction measures are to address the alleged Kremlin-led attempts to murder former GRU colonel and a British agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK. Why the widespread apprehension and anger as a reaction towards the act of using deadly chemicals in full daylight, without much concern for the security of bystanders, is...

Iran may pull out of the nuclear deal before the US (by Massoumeh Torfeh)  1 March 2018 In the opinion piece by Massoumeh Torfeh, she claims that Iran will leave a nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)) if it cannot gain economic benefits from it. Meanwhile, the author talks about Trump’s desire to increase sanctions against Iran and his violation of deal through creating...

Second World War Research Group Annual Conference, 14-15 June 2018 Strand Campus, King’s College, London Keynotes: Professor Nicholas Stargardt (University of Oxford) and Dr Daniel Todman (Queen Mary University of London)   For the major Allied powers, the Second World War has long been seen as a ‘good’ war. This has led to a mythologised version of the conflict developing in the...

School of Advanced Study, Senate House London 21-22 June 2018 The Global Decolonization Workshop (GDW) is a new collaboration between the School of Advanced Study (University of London) and New York University.  It seeks to forge a global forum for knowledge exchange in the interdisciplinary field of decolonization studies.  This series was launched at the University of London in Paris (ULIP) in...

Introduction  The concept of “checks and balances” is a system of separation of power by ensuring that each branch of government such as legislative, executive and judiciary would have exclusive control over its sphere of responsibility, thus precluding any of them from concentrating power. Contemporary states have widely different political system, even if they belong to a large family of...

A month has already passed since the snap Parliamentary elections in the UK, and though the political direction Britain is likely to take remains one big question, the results, as well as the situation that has formed since, throw light on the most pressing issues haunting sociopolitical life.  First of all, the unexpected outcome of the election that has brought about a hung Parliament, with the...

This Thursday the British electorate will cast their ballots to choose their government for the second time in three years, following Prime Minister’s controversial decision to hold snap elections that came this April. However unexpected it was, the 2017 general election may signify the watershed moment in the British politics that would redefine it for a generation to come. The reasoning Theresa May...

Introduction The EU membership referendum that was held in the UK on June 23, 2016, resulted with 51.9% of the population voting in favor of the withdrawal from the European Union. Taking into consideration the 43 years’ long membership of the U.K. in the EU, this event is bound to bring about certain consequences for all the remaining 27 Member-States as well as for countries outside the Union. In...

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