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What does Trump’s victory mean for NATO?

November 10, 2016


The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America casts a shadow of uncertainty over the future of the NATO alliance. His boisterous claims that some NATO allies should pay up in order to enjoy America’s protection make for uncomfortable reading today in many European capitals. Unless rebuked, they could strike a […]

Far from being defeated, Boko Haram still poses a major threat to security and stability in Nigeria and West Africa

May 25, 2016


© Diariocritico de Venezuela  Last May – after a period of relative absence from the international media – the terrorist organisation and self-appointed ISIL franchise briefly stormed back to headlines when one of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago in Nigeria was found. Despite this still being the only girl to be […]

The world’s only superpower is unable to play the part

May 6, 2014


  Ever since the end of the Cold War and the death of the bipolar system of state power, the world’s attention has largely focused on the struggle between the USA and a series of ‘rogue states’. If a superpower is a state that has the economic and material means to project its power anywhere in […]

The Crimean Crisis: is it REALLY worth it for Russia?

March 8, 2014


Since last week’s start to the current crisis in Crimea I have struggled with one question in particular: “why?”. Did Putin wish to get involved in Crimea because of its strategic importance? Or did he wish to expose Western weaknesses and Russian strength? Or simply to gain domestic consensus? There is no doubt over Crimea’s […]

Obama goes ahead with Iran sanctions

April 1, 2012


Obama authorised heavy economic sanctions on friday as he believes that global oil supplies are large enough to allow nations that haven’t cut their oil imports from Iran yet to join the countries that already have. The sanctions will hit all foreign banks that continue to carry on oil-related business with Iran’s central bank and […]

Assad accepts UN peace plan

March 27, 2012


Kofi Annan,  in Syria as a UN representative, has communicated that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has accepted the UN-sponsored peace plan. The plan includes the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from population centres, the release of prisoners, freedom of movement and access for journalists and unimpeded humanitarian assistance. China and Russia have shown their support for […]

Peru takes sides over Falklands dispute

March 20, 2012


While reports keep confirming the Britishness of the Falklands, Argentina keeps building her Latin American support. Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose was to dock at a Peruvian naval base later this week for an official ship visit but the foreign minister of Peru has announced the cancellation of the visit “in the spirit of Latin American […]