Foreign Affairs

A look further afield at what’s happening overseas and why it matters.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation in 1991 marked the beginning of a new era for the beleaguered nations of Eastern Europe. (Photo: The Gorbachev Foundation)

Our Friends to the East

With Britain facing a difficult few years in terms of diplomacy, we can find valuable allies among the nations of Eastern Europe. On 25 December 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev , declaring that the nation he...

The Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Chancellor with Ex-IRA Leader Gerry Adams (Photo: The Times)

What’s Left?

Jeremy Corbyn is simply a symptom of social democracy’s worldwide decline due to identity politics and a rejection of patriotism. Can, and should, anything be done to save it? Much is made of the...

America is a country of immigrants – Trump himself is the grandson of German and Scottish immigrants. (Photo: laverrue (Flickr))

United We (Should) Stand

Trump and the far-right are using immigration as a distraction – the problems the working class are living with lay with the system we live under. The countries of the world are more connected...

Ministers of foreign affairs from the UN Security Council’s five permanent member states and Iran announce the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program. (Credit: US State Department)

Fuelling Meltdown with Iran

US President Donald Trump’s attitude towards Iran spells disaster, not just for relations with Iran, but for peace in the Middle East and the rest of the world. 16 January 2016 marked the implementation...

Stranded migrants passing food supplies dropped from a Thai army helicopter. (Photo: Christopher Archambault/AFP)

Rescue the Rohingya!

Mass migration in 2015 put the persecution of the Rohingya people under international spotlight. Little has been done to help them, and it will take a toll on the international community. Branded by the...

The Women’s March sent a clear message to Trump: don’t expect to infringe on female rights without protest. (Photo: Greg Cook)

Raise Your Fists And March Around

Now that the election is over, you could be forgiven for thinking that Americans are powerless to prevent Trump’s tyranny. However, there’s still one outlet to make him listen – protest. It’s safe to...

Sally Yates, ex-Acting Attorney General. (Photo: Daykan Com/Flickr)

United in Division

Donald Trump was elected on the back of vast divisions in the American psyche; unironically, it looks like his presidency will keep things that way. When the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, was fired...

Emmanuel Macron represents France’s best hope of a progressive, reformist president who will unite his country, rather than dividing it further. (Photo: Le Monde)

France 2017: Quel Serait-il? (Encore Un Fois)

With the French presidential election only a few months away, Antony Tucker surveys the candidates and their chances. After a tumultuous year in France, characterised by terrorist atrocities, economic slough and stubbornly high unemployment,...

Secretary of Defence nominee James Mattis (left) and National Security Advisor nominee Michael Flynn (right). (Photo: The Hill)

Generals At War

Donald Trump made national security a central part of his campaign. Akshay Narayan examines how his National Security Advisor and Secretary of Defence have conflicting views.   The two most significant national security officials...

Violent protests after an election are highlighting the polarisation of modern politics. (Photo: The Guardian)

Healthy Debate is Dying

We are becoming increasingly intolerant to those who have political opinions which differ to our own. Sneering at Donald Trump’s supporters as “racists”, “bigots” and “sexists” only makes you part of the problem. The election...

Roughly translating to "A New Malaysia: Bersih 5", the banner perfectly encapsulates the Malaysian sentiment regarding the government. (Photo: Mark Lee)

Making Malaysia Clean Again?

Mark Lee reports from Malaysia on the Bersih rally, a cause against corruption he sees as troubled yet necessary. Standing in the frontline of the Bersih (which in Malay means clean) 5.0 rally on...

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tour the Iron Dome air defense system in 2013. (Photo: Associated Press)

Obama’s Semitic Stain

After serving two whole terms, President Obama’s legacy is on the line, and his actions and rhetoric regarding the State of Israel will remind Americans of his disputatious foreign policy. On Friday, 24 December...

Following his electoral victory, Donald Trump must nominate candidates to fill in the most important positions in the world. (Photo: CNN)

The Trump Team

With President-elect Donald Trump scheduled to be inaugurated in less than two months, Casey Kroll analyses the potential next cabinet. He did it. He defied all odds and won the Presidency of the United...

Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders could be the next two figures from the populist right to come to power. (Photo: La Capital)

Right on Top

The populist right is transforming from an insurgent to a dominant force in western politics. Its legacy will be highly mixed. It has become almost a cliché over the past few years to talk...

Yau Wai-Ching (left) and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung (right) were barred from retaking their oaths. (Photo: Sam Tsang)

The Storm in Hong Kong

Shielding protesters from pepper spray and tear gas, umbrellas – symbolic of resilience, asymmetry of force, and audacity – has brewed up a political storm, and now the political climate is rougher than ever....

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