Erbil: Life on the doorstep of ISIS

7th September 2016

Erbil city centre is deserted. Restaurants and teahouses are locked and bordered up while the streets are clear of much traffic and pedestrians. A lone figure can be seen in the main square, resting under the shade of a small tree. ISIS are little more than an hours drive west … read more

Military Coups: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

5th September 2016

  Most countries at one time or another have had their destinies changed by the intervention of their militaries into their internal politics.  Brazil’s military moved against their monarchy making the country henceforth a republic.  In the closing chapter of the English Civil Wars General George Monck made the fateful … read more

The Future of British and French Defence Cooperation

18th July 2016

“France and Great Britain shall no longer be two nations, but one Franco-British Union. The constitution of the Union will provide for joint organs of defense, foreign, financial and economic policies. Every citizen of France will enjoy immediately citizenship of Great Britain, every British subject will become a citizen of … read more

A tragic end to a peaceful protest in Dallas

9th July 2016

In what President Obama has called a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement,” five American police officers have been shot and killed in Dallas. On Thursday evening, five police officers were murdered with a further seven injured as one known shooter fired from an “elevated position” in downtown Dallas. … read more

The Battle of the Somme at 100

30th June 2016

“’Somme’. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word” Freidrich Steinbrecher July 1st will mark the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s bloodiest battles. Lasting 141 days, the Battle of the Somme saw more than 19,000 British dead in the first day alone and by … read more

The Future of British Foreign Policy in Africa

8th June 2016

“Africa was not created piecemeal.  Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe.  Africans are no more, no more and no less than other men, possess all human attributes, talents, deficiencies, virtues and faults” Haile Selassie Why should the British Government and … read more

The Soviet Union: Lessons in Dissolution, Development & Discovery

22nd May 2016

The USSR should never be viewed through rose-tinted glasses. In the voyage for utopia, a sea of blood was crossed and a workers’ paradise was never actualised. Nevertheless, a recent poll shows that 57% of Russians would resurrect the old system. Tal Tyagi explores why this is the case and concludes that the Soviet experiment provides important lessons in international development. … read more

Chernobyl at 30: The nuclear disaster that shook the world

1st May 2016

April 26th marked the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest technological disasters the world has ever seen. At 1:23am, on the morning of April 26th 1986, a huge explosion ripped reactor four of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant apart. Released from the plant, situated in northern Ukraine, was roughly … read more

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