Month: October 2012

News

The US Presidential Race or a bloody cagematch to the death?

Friday’s headlines claimed Florida from Obama – a significant blow in the election. And while there remain other swing states still very much in the running – arguably all of them – things have soured all month for the President. His is a campaign that is now firmly of the “challenged” variety. Mitt Romney actually …

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Looking to the Future: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: the ‘graveyard of empires’. A geopolitically strategic nation that the world ignored for the best part of two decades until 9/11 suddenly brought it back into focus. Since then, there has been a large foreign – both military and civilian – presence. Not for much longer; the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (operating in Afghanistan …

Features

Somebody set us up the bomb: Iran

We should not be too soft on Iran. A country with aspirations towards local genocide, refusing to acknowledge the existence of the Israeli nation (which admittedly refuses to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians), should not be sympathised with overmuch. And an Ahmedinejad/Khamene’i Iran with a nuclear weapon could pose a terrible threat. Articles that argue …

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Unresolvable Conflicts in Deep Water

Conflicting sovereignty claims between member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in the South China Sea, has led to greater scrutiny over the application of laws governing the division and use of maritime territories. The prolonged territorial dispute in the South China Sea was recently …

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The Poison Apple – Chinese Development Assistance to Africa

Over the past 20 years, China has been investing heavily in the African continent, pushing boundaries and challenging international norms that have dictated aid and trade policy since the Cold War. For poor states in Sub-Saharan Africa, the progress of China over the past 25 years is incredibly attractive. China has achieved a 9.8 percent …