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Urals Club Extremely Influential In Moscow Circles

Staunton, November 20 – Given the low level of formal institutionalization of Russian social and political life, those who seek to understand it regularly discuss it in terms of bands or clans, typically analytic...

Defence spending: Arms and the African

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Russia’s wounded economy Fly Title: Defence spending Rubric: The continent’s armies are going on a spending spree Location: GOMBE and KAMPALA THE north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok is...

Afghanistan: charting a new path

Following a protracted dispute over election results, a national unity government headed by President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in in Kabul last September. This has injected some badly-needed momentum into Afghan politics after months...

The Vice President’s Difficult Trip to Turkey

On November 21, Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Istanbul for a two day visit during which he will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. read more …read...

Assessing a Deal or Non-deal with Iran

It now seems unlikely that the P5+1 countries of the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany can reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran by the end of November. A final...

Defending ‘the region’

I write to make a further contribution to the ongoing debate about Australia’s strategic place as a Top 20 power. In Peter’s latest response he implies that regionalists are less ‘grown up’ than globalists....

Thoughts on Merkel’s global profile

[youtube:HZYR5NVB8XA] As you can see above, the video of the 2014 Lowy Lecture, delivered on Monday by Angela Merkel, is now available, and I encourage you to take a look, particularly since her tough...

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