Analysis

Italy and EU Migration Policy

Italy and EU Migration Policy

“Lega and Five Star sit at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but both offered to resolve the migrant crisis by implementing tougher border and immigration controls, which would be contrary to the EU’s position.” George explores Italy’s influence on the EU’s changing migration policy.


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Boris Johnson's Burqa Comments: Evidence of a Divided Nation?

Boris Johnson's Burqa Comments: Evidence of a Divided Nation?

“If the very nature of Johnson’s opinion is indeed offensive, it indicates just how divided the British political spectrum has become.” Sam explores the Boris Johnson’s controversial comments on Denmark’s ‘Burqa Ban’.


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Trump's Trade Wars

Trump's Trade Wars

“Throughout his Presidential campaign, Mr Trump stressed his commitment to ‘protectionist’ trade policies, in which he wants to protect US industries from foreign competition in the US market. His weapon of choice: taxing products entering the US from its trading partners, widely referred to as trade tariffs.”


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Historical Reflections: The Major Era

Historical Reflections: The Major Era

“Historically, John Major will be looked upon kindly by the UK electorate as one of our great post-war Prime Ministers. He may not have had the charisma or dynamism of a Thatcher or Blair, but his considered and balanced approach to governance ensured significant outcomes.” Hugh Dollery analyses the premiership of John Major.


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Erdogan, Dissent and Democracy

Erdogan, Dissent and Democracy

“Therefore, many believe that Turkey’s rediscovery of democracy can only be achieved with Erdogan’s fall from power. Given that he has just secured a new term in office, this seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.” Ayse explores the decline of democracy in Turkey.


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The three lions: uniting a divided nation?

The three lions: uniting a divided nation?

“While recent British politics has seen tensions arising between politicians, with further scare-mongering and resignations in the discussions and debates surrounding Brexit, the World Cup should perhaps be celebrated as a beautiful moment in uniting an apparently divided nation.” Charlotte Davies considers whether football has the power to unite a politically divided nation.


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How Fake News Took Over Social Media - And What’s Being Done

How Fake News Took Over Social Media - And What’s Being Done

“The roots of the problem run deeper than fake accounts, stemming instead from a period of change and conflict in global politics, as well as social media design that amplifies people’s fears.” Charlotte Spencer-Smith delves into the impact of Fake News.


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Historical Reflections: The Blair Years

Historical Reflections: The Blair Years

Tony Blair’s decade in power will always be defined by the Iraq War. However, the former PM’s tenure was filled with domestic and international change. Did the ‘Third Way’ achieve anything of note?


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The ANC’s most controversial figures: Jacob Zuma and Winnie Mandela

The ANC’s most controversial figures: Jacob Zuma and Winnie Mandela

"So far in 2018, there have been two momentous events that have shaken South Africa: February brought the stepping down of long-term corrupt leader Jacob Zuma, and April the death of the liberator of South Africa’s former wife, Winnie Mandela." Michelle Blick analyses the two figures. 


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Violent crime: a public health issue? 

Violent crime: a public health issue? 

"2018 has been defined as a year of crime for London; since 1st January, over 50 people have been killed in a spate of violent attacks, sparking a national conversation about what has caused such a shift." Megan Field delves into the issue of violent crime in the capital. 


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Historical Reflections: The Brown Era

Historical Reflections: The Brown Era

Gordon Brown's time at Number 10 was short but turbulent. Though he had been working closely with Tony Blair since 1997, nothing could prepare him for the Financial Crisis he inherited. Find out about that, and much more besides, here:


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What is 'post-truth'?

What is 'post-truth'?

"Post-truth is a term that exploded into public dialogue in 2016, became the backdrop for major political changes like the election of Donald Trump to the White House and Brexit, and has remained in common parlance ever since." Karl Dudman analyses the phenomenon of post-truth politics. 


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Historical Reflections: The Cameron Era

Historical Reflections: The Cameron Era

David Cameron arrived at Number 10 Downing Street in 2010, albeit unconventionally. The leader of a rare, post-War coalition, the Cameron years were rife with tension. Though the battle over Britain's place in the EU ultimately consumed the Cameron Era, it wasn't the only topic up for debate. Read more, here:


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Red Lines Crossed: The Syrian Civil War & The History of Chemical Warfare

Red Lines Crossed: The Syrian Civil War & The History of Chemical Warfare

The Syrian Civil War has been marred with the use of Chemical Weapons on multiple occasions, but how did it come to this? Luke Walpole analyses the history of chemical warfare, and how the Red Lines the International Community draws are being pushed aside. 


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President Trump and the Future of Gun Control

President Trump and the Future of Gun Control

"For now at least, the only thing which can be said with any certainty is that the President has tested his relationship with one of the most powerful elements of his base, and proven that ultimately, he remains at the disposal of the NRA." Megan Field analyses the consequences of President Trump's recent comments on gun control. 


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Can We Control How Much Facebook Knows About Us?

Can We Control How Much Facebook Knows About Us?

"If you download the Facebook mobile app, you may be surprised by the amount of access the company wants to your phone," argues Charlotte Spencer-Smith. Read her extended analysis of how and why the Social Media giant knows so much.


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Climatic and Financial Vulnerabilities in a Developing World: Sea Levels, Solutions, and Financial Security

Climatic and Financial Vulnerabilities in a Developing World: Sea Levels, Solutions, and Financial Security

"Climate change is forecasted to affect billions of people; unfortunately, it is the poorest who are likely to be affected the most." 


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The Parkland Shooting & America's Gun Culture

The Parkland Shooting & America's Gun Culture

Though 17 people were killed during the school shooting in Florida last week, it all felt tragically familiar. Here, Matthew Waterfield discusses the ongoing debate over Gun Control. 


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