The 2018 Russia World Cup: The Politics of Football

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On the banks of the river Volga lies Nizhny Novgorod, a 1.2 million people strong city on the borderlands of Siberia. Nizhny, one of the lesser-known host cities for the 2018 Russia World Cup, will host the Three Lions in their match against World Cup minnows Panama on June 24th. The city, formerly named Gorky… Continue Reading ➤

South Korea: debunking the ‘miracle’ economy

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South Korea’s economic development over the past 50 years offers lessons in the past, present and future, and casts light upon the injustice of economic development, and the pressing need for reform to the capitalist system in those states who have most decisively adopted it.   The Korean peninsula is a true twenty-first century paradox:… Continue Reading ➤

The Sneakers That Could Bring Down Russia’s Prime Minister: an Interview with Nikita Kulachenkov

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This article was originally published on KYC360.com. Earlier this year, an exposé on prime minister Dmitry Medvedev took Russia by storm. Don’t call him Dimon was the work of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, the brainchild of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The foundation, whose mission is to expose corruption at the highest levels of Russia’s political system,… Continue Reading ➤

U.S. Military strikes Syrian airbase: developments and consequences

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In the early morning of Friday, 7 April, the United States fired 59 GPS-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian airbase of Shayrat from two Navy warships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. The attack – an unexpected volte-face from an administration and a President hitherto dismayed at the historically interventionist character of U.S. foreign policy… Continue Reading ➤

What does Putin want in Syria?

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The United Nations Security Council ushered in the new year by unanimously passing a resolution on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, welcoming a Russian and Turkish initiative announced just six days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces regained control of Aleppo on 22 December 2016. Having spent much of 2016 riding a diplomatic rollercoaster after Turkey’s November 2015 downing of a Russian… Continue Reading ➤

This is the Way the World Ends

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As the Syrian conflict drags on, it becomes possible to speculate about how it might end.  As the first major conflict to emerge in a world context of universal communication and limitless reproduction of the stories and imagery of war, it has cemented itself in the imagination like no other conflict of recent times.  This… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Nick Cohen

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Nick Cohen is a writer and political commentator. He contributes to the Observer, Guardian, Spectator, Time and Standpoint magazine. Nick has published a number of books, including What’s Left? How the Left Lost Its Way (2007) which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing. Alastair: We’d like to start off by talking about liberalism and… Continue Reading ➤

The Land of Make Believe: Federalism in Russia

“Let’s meet at the cafe on the right,” read the note in my hand. “It’s the one where they don’t sell cigarettes.” I stood on the corner of Rue La Bruyère and Rue Jean-Baptiste-Pigalle in the Saint-Georges district of Paris. The byzantine domes of Sacré Coeur could be glimpsed at a distance, their impressive alabaster gently piercing the ultramarine sky,… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Sir Jeremy Greenstock

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Sir Jeremy Greenstock is one of Britain’s most distinguished diplomats. He has spent much of his career occupied with the Middle East and US/Western European relations.  His diplomatic career culminated as the UK Special Envoy for Iraq from September 2003 to March 2004 following five years between 1998 and 2003 as the UK Permanent Representative… Continue Reading ➤