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The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The Syrian government has been exerting a great deal of influence on the actions of the UN aid agencies in Syria. It has leveraged foreign aid workers need for its permission to enter Syria into access to supplies for its supporters while denying vital food and medical aid to civilians trapped in areas outside its control.

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The UK’s Innate Conservatism will Prevent an EU Exit

The UK’s Innate Conservatism will Prevent an EU Exit

While the UK is prepared to experiment with its political and economic system, sudden, drastic changes are not welcomed: a gradualist approach is preferred.

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A New Direction: Henri’s Story

A New Direction: Henri’s Story

In 2003, Henri Ladyi turned his back on the endless fighting in the DRC. Twelve years later he has been called "Africa's Schindler" for his peacebuilding efforts in the eastern part of the country.

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Algeria: Bunkering Down in a Bad Neighborhood

Algeria: Bunkering Down in a Bad Neighborhood

From the outside, Algeria seems relatively stable, especially in contrast to Libya and Egypt. Behind the scenes, however, a succession crisis is underway

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Nairobi – A Hard Road to Travel?

Nairobi – A Hard Road to Travel?

Tourism floundered in the aftermath of the notorious 2013 attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Centre, carried out by Al Qaeda's affiliate in neighbouring Somalia, Al Shabaab; but now a series of international conferences during 2016 has raised hopes for a successful year for the city’s tourism industry.

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Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

Kenya’s Tourism Sector Set to Recover

After declines following attacks by Somalia-based militants and piracy, Kenya’s $1 billion a year tourism sector looks set to for a robust recovery in 2016.

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North Korea’s Impasse Highlights Northeastern Asia’s Fragile Peace

North Korea’s Impasse Highlights Northeastern Asia’s Fragile Peace

The erratic behavior of the Kim dynasty has long enraged and exasperated both its enemies and allies, though larger states have certainly used North Korea’s existence as a fig leaf for moves of their own.

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China Moves to Lower Diplomatic Temperatures

China Moves to Lower Diplomatic Temperatures

China's assertive attitude towards its neighbors and America's role in East Asia has slowly morphed since last autumn’s final round of provocative acts into something less strident.

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Uprooting Islamic State?

Uprooting Islamic State?

Lacking outside alliances and with the geopolitical situation slowly starting to tilt against it, Islamic State’s pretensions to act as a legitimate government seem to have its days numbered.

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America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Neil Thompson

America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Neil Thompson

Many of the diplomats interviewed seem to feel they do a better job of representing America abroad than they do of representing the diplomatic profession to their fellow Americans back home.

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A Helping Hand: Stephen Wordsworth and CARA

A Helping Hand: Stephen Wordsworth and CARA

As unrest in Syria slid into a civil war, Stephen and CARA were at the forefront of attempts to help Syrian intellectuals escape the violence so they could one day return to rebuild their country.

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For Britain the Road to China Runs Through Europe

For Britain the Road to China Runs Through Europe

By choosing the European route instead of the bilateral one to negotiate its trading relationship with Beijing the UK maximizes its leverage with both its European partners and China, which is useful for a medium-sized ex-colonial power.

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US and UK Team Up to Power African Clean Energy

US and UK Team Up to Power African Clean Energy

A landmark collaboration between the UK's Energy Africa initiative and America's Power Africa campaign has been launched to bring clean electricity to millions of people across the African continent.

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Is Fear of People Power Turning the Chinese Communist Party from Red to Green?

Is Fear of People Power Turning the Chinese Communist Party from Red to Green?

The move to a green-based economy would require massive restructuring and the tackling of vested interests that profit from the current set up. But it is no more radical than the break-neck development China pursued over the last two decades.

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Algeria’s Role in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

Algeria’s Role in Europe’s Migrant Crisis

NATO's cooperation with Algeria offers potential in combating international human trafficking networks. Reviving the ‘regional NATO’ plan for a joint military organization of Saharan states would allow governments to better disrupt the routes used to transport many migrants to the Mediterranean coast.

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About the Author

Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson is a freelance international relations analyst whose work has appeared in the Diplomat, the International Security Network, Geopolitical Monitor, The Independent and various other publications. He holds an MA in the international relations of East Asia and has lived in China for three years and is presently based in London.

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