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The myth of liberal interventionism: why it always fails

We need to get real about Russia and China—or risk being led into another disastrous war. Realism, as a theory of foreign policy, has been linked in the popular mind of the west both to cynical Realpolitik—in the mould of...
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New Cold War: NATO Washes the Car

For many years, it has been a standard trope of liberal writing on hostilities between nations and ethnicities that these are not rooted either in inherited conflicts or real contemporary clashes of interest but are rather “constructed” by wicked political...
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BREXIT: THE POLITICAL DECLARATION

The issues relating to the status of Northern Ireland after Brexit, and in particular the Irish “backstop,” have not yet been resolved. The major political and administrative challenges confronting the Brexit negotiators in this area are however relatively clear. Assuming...
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Conservatives against Brexit

The time has come for those of a Conservative disposition who believe that leaving the European Union should be stopped to state their case. Significantly this is primarily on the same ground as many Conservative Brexiteers: the preservation of the...
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Churchill – a `founding father’ of the European Union – would vote to Remain

Winston Churchill has often been voted the most important/influential Briton ever. I was surprised to read claims that Churchill was a Eurosceptic, so I read through all his four great “European” speeches from 1946 to 1949. They were carefully prepared...
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A Way Forward for Afghanistan

It is still on balance worth the United States hanging on in Afghanistan, for a variety of reasons. There is no chance of military victory over the Taliban. Nor, without a U.S. commitment to withdraw its troops and accept a...
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Why Trump needs to ‘be cautious’ in his war of words with Iran

Trump’s Iran threats pull from the playbook he used for North Korea, but Iran is a different kind of adversary altogether. US President Donald Trump’s tweet in all capitals, warning Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of a catastrophic war and to...
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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLANS FOR REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN: MAD, BAD, AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RUSSIA-EUROPEAN RECONCILIATION

It is increasingly clear that for powerful elements of the Trump administration backed by the Israel lobby, the demand for a renegotiation of the Iran nuclear deal is only a thin cover for a strategy of regime change in Iran....
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There is no point in stopping Brexit unless we also join the Euro

“England’s danger is Ireland’s opportunity” is an old Irish nationalist nostrum. Some see it revived in the pressure which Dublin has exerted upon London over the border in the Brexit negotiations. A few even fear that the unification of Ireland...
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Trump Has Killed the Iran Nuclear Deal, but Is the Real Target China?

After President Trump killed the Iran nuclear deal in early May, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, later in the same month, announced that crushing new sanctions against Iran are coming in a speech at the Heritage Foundation – unless...
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Brexit: A ‘Meaningful’ Vote for MPs Implies a ‘Meaningful’ Vote for the People

The Conservative Cabinet has spent the past month in public controversy about the customs regime to be applied on the island of Ireland after Brexit. It is widely recognised that neither of the two favoured solutions canvassed within the Cabinet,...
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The five pillars of Chinese Economic Success

In the last forty years, China has achieved an unprecedented economic and social success. This success is based on 5 main pillars that we, in Italy and Europe, should study well to understand the challenges and opportunities that China presents...
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Turkey as a bridge-builder for Islamism

The German armed forces (Bundeswehr) are defending our freedom in 16 countries. The defensive line, however, has long shifted to the Bosporus. Turkey is no longer the bulwark against Islamism. Europe needs to develop a new strategy. READ THE FULL...
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EU CAPITAL MARKET UNION POSITIONS TO DELIVER FINANCIAL SERVICES POST-BREXIT

As Theresa May’s Conservative government and the European Union prepare negotiating positions for a future post-Brexit relationship, the UK’s financial services trade with the EU’s Single Market looks set to become a key battleground in upcoming talks.  Alongside Brexit negotiations,...
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Budapest: The Trojan Horse for Chinese Overproduction

27 out of 28 EU ambassadors criticize the “New Silk Road” initiative (yi dai yi lu 一带 一路) because they believe it is a project aimed at opening new markets for China to reduce its overproduction. In other words, they rightly...
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