Fresh Perspectives


  • Time for a Universal Basic Income?

    Time for a Universal Basic Income?

    The concept of a universal basic income has received renewed attention in 2016. The general frustration with mainstream politics and the finance sector—manifested in the Brexit and US election votes—is indicative of the view that the economic...

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  • ICC Turmoil as African Nations Withdraw

    ICC Turmoil as African Nations Withdraw

    It has been an extraordinary month for the International Criminal Court. Unrelenting criticism from African nations resulted in the withdrawal of three states from the court, destabilising this pillar of international criminal justice. On 18...

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  • The Politics of Post-Mosul Iraq

    The Politics of Post-Mosul Iraq

    There is concern about the direction of the battle to retake Mosul after reports this week from Human Rights Watch that Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have committed war crimes against Sunni Arabs in earlier conflicts. The Peshmerga are one of a...

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  • Fighting over Fish in the South China Sea

    Fighting over Fish in the South China Sea

    China’s fish problem is an underappreciated source of tension in the East and South China Seas. With little fish near its own coast, China has forced its fishing industry to run the risk of fishing within non-sovereign waters. Clashes,...

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  • Zimbabwe’s Problems Need Local Solutions

    Zimbabwe’s Problems Need Local Solutions

    Zimbabwe is restless as the government freezes salaries and makes further cuts to public spending on scarce social services. The worsening economic crisis has prompted accusations of government mismanagement and sparked major anti-government...

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  • Women, Populism and Protests in Poland

    Women, Populism and Protests in Poland

    Recent protests by Polish women against a new abortion bill have made international headlines. They serve as a reminder of the internal tensions in Poland and the need to think seriously about the relationship between gender and populism.  On...

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  • Invisible Security: The Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Invisible Security: The Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Modern theatres of conflict are dependent on communications technology and the electromagnetic spectrum is a vital part of this. However, history shows dominance of this vital realm is not achieved on the battlefield but through intelligence and...

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  • Conflicting Perceptions of the AIIB

    Conflicting Perceptions of the AIIB

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank highlights the fundamental conflict at the heart of how China is viewed by much of the world. On the one hand the AIIB is the result of global calls for China to play a bigger global role, but on the...

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  • US Election: Isolationism and Global Power

    US Election: Isolationism and Global Power

    Both US presidential candidates have been affected by multiple scandals—and the latest has seen the Trump campaign begin to unravel this week. So how did we get here? What are the factors that led to the rise of the improbable Republican...

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  • Colombia Votes No: But is all Really Lost?

    Colombia Votes No: But is all Really Lost?

    In a surprise outcome, the Colombian population has voted ‘No’ in the 2 October plebiscite to the final peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. With 99.98 per cent of votes...

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