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Saving NATO: Europe Must Commit to a Common Defense Fund

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A version of this article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2015. Unfortunately for NATO, there is still a need for me to update it yet again in 2017. The Telegraph reported this week that the UK Ministry of Defence was unable to meet recruitment targets set for it. As a consequence, the […]

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Brexit: Day Three

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Our first full weekend after Brexit has ended and, shockingly, Great Britain has not tumbled off into space. There has been financial turmoil, with sterling taking a beating and the FTSE falling substantially. Some European markets did even worse, especially the Spanish IBEX that had its worst day in history. Yet all this bloodletting on […]

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Brexit: All Bad Options

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Great Britain votes on its political future tomorrow. It is the most momentous popular movement since the 1990’s, when ordinary citizens tore down the Iron Curtain on their own initiative, brick by brick and link by link. Like that earlier spontaneous revolution, the forces that led to it have been silently building for years; but […]

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Implications of European Disunion on Small State Independence

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Eight years after the eruption of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the European Union has failed to regain even a semblance of normalcy. Unlike the United States, which has returned to something approximating full employment[1], many member states remain stuck with stubbornly high unemployment, locked in deflation and experiencing almost non-existent economic […]

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The defence of the Falklands must take centre stage in Anglo-Chinese relations by Alex Calvo

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Alex Calvo is a guest professor at Nagoya University (Japan) who specializes in defence and security in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region. His previous work on the connection between East Asia and the South Atlantic includes “Marines, Missiles, and the Iron Lady: The Military Leg in Japan’s Ocean Strategy” and “The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, […]

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Blair Promised Military Support, Manipulated Opinion for Iraq War

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The article is reprinted under the creative commons share-alike non-commercial license of the author. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer at Common Dreams Memo shows Blair ‘was happy to launder George Bush’s policy on Iraq and sub-contract British foreign […]

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Russians Drink Sangria as Ukraine Burns

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Cease fire violations are a part of the daily routine in the no man’s land of Eastern Ukraine. Rifle fire, automatic weapons and exchange of mortar rounds between Ukrainian government forces and rebel militias is a matter of course, with up to 100 violations in a day[1]. For the moment, that is all there is: […]

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Argentine Pope’s Attitude Towards Falklands Prompts Doubts by Alex Calvo

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Alex Calvo is a Professor of International Relations and International Law, and guest professor at Nagoya University. An expert on Asian security and defense issues, he got his LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) and is currently doing an MA in Second World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is […]

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Red Star, Southern Cross: Russia and Argentina Can Still Tango

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On August 13th, the last Mirage fighters of the Argentina Air Force (FAA) conducted a fly-by in the ceremony marking the 103rd anniversary of the establishment of that branch[1]. It also marked their fair well: the aging fighters had been in service for over 40 years and reduced to daylight, visual flying due to recurrent […]

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The Fragmentation of States: Elite Access to Power in Spain and Britain

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Summary States form when people band together to seek mutual protection and to facilitate trade and commerce. The optimal size of any given state is not a constant, depending upon the perceived threat of violence from external actors, access to foreign markets, the imposition of geographies and the costs of friction. Friction arises from differences […]

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