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Monday
Sep032012

Olympic Nationalism

GIVEN that my column here is entitled 'Xenophile', it is probably rather strange that I have not posted on nationalism in quite some time.  Perhaps because nationalism is no longer relevant?  As the recently

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Wednesday
Aug292012

Engaging with the Arctic 

THE ARCTIC REGION is undergoing significant change. Not only is global warming fundamentally altering the existing nature of the ice cap but changes to sovereignty are being brought about by the third round of the

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Friday
Aug242012

Politics dies in the Pamirs

In the early morning of July 24th, without any warning, government troops were sent into Tajikistan’s eastern province of Gorno-Badakhshan, apparently to deal with an armed group involved in the smuggling of

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Friday
Aug242012

China Tensions

The institutionalisation of ties between Beijing and Washington has stabilised relations between the two powers.  Indeed, recent disputes, involving human rights activist Chen Guangcheng and

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Friday
Jun082012

Thinking Globally: Countering Piracy in West Africa

MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about the rise of piracy in West Africa. The nexus of criminality, drug trafficking, weapons proliferation and state weakness frames our understanding and perceptions of the region. Maritime

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Tuesday
Jun052012

Rise of the Superactors

CHEN GUANGCHEN made his daring escape from house arrest in late April and then appeared in Beijing at a most sensitive diplomatic moment in time, just prior to a major visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Tuesday
Jun052012

Maritime Security in West Africa: An Industry-Based Approach

THE SHARP RISE in piracy in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, has featured prominently in recent news. Piracy as a whole is costing global trade an estimated US$12 billion a year, with the primary

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