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Read more at: Historical dimensions of ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention
Taunggyi, Myanmar - 11 March 2021: Myanmar military cracks down on peaceful protesters

Historical dimensions of ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention

20 April 2021 By Patrick Milton , Research Fellow at Peterhouse An important focus of the Centre for Geopolitics’ work is on the challenges facing the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). In recent weeks, this issue has again become salient as the military regime of Myanmar has massacred hundreds of...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Tear down this Wall! With Timothy Garton Ash
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Tear down this Wall! With Timothy Garton Ash

18 April 2021 With Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer E pisode 4 : Tear down this Wall! With Timothy Garton Ash Suzanne Raine talks to Professor Timothy Garton Ash about resistance to the Iron Curtain and the scars it left behind. Part of the Resistance, Radicalisation and Religion Series: Suzanne Raine, Affiliate...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Financing the Tilt to the Indo-Pacific, with James Crabtree
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Financing the Tilt to the Indo-Pacific, with James Crabtree

15 April 2021 With Hugo Bromley , Research Assistant. Episode 3: Financing the Tilt to the Indo-Pacific, with James Crabtree Hugo Bromley speaks with James Crabtree, the incoming Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia, about the role of financial services in supporting the ‘tilt to the...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Hateful Extremism, with Sara Khan
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Hateful Extremism, with Sara Khan

8 April 2021 With Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer. E pisode 3 : Hateful Extremism, with Sara Khan Suzanne Raine speaks with Sara Khan, the U.K. Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience and author of the recent report Home Office report "operating with impunity" to discuss counter-...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Defiance & Revolution in Iran
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Defiance & Revolution in Iran

22 March 2021 With Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer. E pisode 2 : Defiance and Revolution in Iran, with Ali Ansari Suzanne Raine talks to Professor Ali Ansari of St Andrew's University about what led to the 1979 revolution and the creation of the radical, resistance state of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Part of the...


Read more at: China's persecution of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang opens up debates on political and legal definitions of genocide
Kashgar, Xinjiang, China - August 14, 2012: A statue of Mao Zedungin

China's persecution of Uighur minorities in Xinjiang opens up debates on political and legal definitions of genocide

16 March 2021 B y Thomas Peak , Research Associate The Chinese government has long been accused of persecuting Uighur and other Turkic minorities in Xinjiang. Evidence has been found of concentration camps holding up to 1 million people, targeted killings of Uighurs, systematic policies of forced abortions and...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: The Digital Dollar, with Christopher Giancarlo
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: The Digital Dollar, with Christopher Giancarlo

15 March 2021 With Hugo Bromley , Research Assistant. Episode 1: The Digital Dollar, with Christopher Giancarlo Hugo Bromley speaks with former CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo about the geopolitical impact of Central Bank Digital Currency, and the need for the US to embrace a digital dollar. Part of the Geopolitics of...


Read more at: Is China more of a threat or an opportunity?
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Is China more of a threat or an opportunity?

15 March 2021 By James Vitali , Research Assistant. An apt metaphor for the confused nature of the UK’s stance on China can be found in the events of February 2019. That month, a statement by the then Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson of his intention to send a British Carrier to the Pacific caused consternation in some...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Democracy and Division
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Democracy and Division

10 March 2021 With Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer. Episode 1: Democracy and Division , with Raffaello Pantucci Suzanne Raine talks to Rafaello Pantucci about what far-right extremists have learned from Islamist terrorists.   Part of the Resista nce, Radicalisation and Religion Series: Suzanne Raine, Affiliate Lecturer...


Read more at: Why the Baltic matters to Britain (and vice versa)

Why the Baltic matters to Britain (and vice versa)

3 March 2021 By Professor Brendan Simms , Director Britain’s economic and political connection to the Baltic Sea Region stretches back more than a thousand years. During the Middle Ages, England and Scotland traded extensively there and maintained close contacts with the Hanseatic League. In the 18th century, the Baltic...


Read more at: Talking Baltics - Interview with Ian Bond
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Talking Baltics - Interview with Ian Bond

3 March 2021 We posed five questions to the Director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and a former British ambassador to Latvia to get his thoughts on the Baltic Sea Region Q: What is the single most significant policy issue faced by the states of the Baltic Sea Region today and why? A: The most...


Read more at: In an age of divisive politics and geopolitics, what does it feel like to be on the losing side?

In an age of divisive politics and geopolitics, what does it feel like to be on the losing side?

15 February 2021 By Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer. In an age of divisive politics and geopolitics, what does it feel like to be on the losing side? The US election exposed deep political divisions which had been long in the making. The UK is still polarised politically over Brexit and Scottish independence. The same...


Read more at: Britain’s Pivot to Asia: The Big Picture
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Britain’s Pivot to Asia: The Big Picture

12 February 2021 By Ian Park and Kun-Chin Lin . Despite being the world’s fifth largest economy when measured in terms of gross domestic product, having the sixth largest military budget, being a nuclear power, permanent member of the UN Security Council, and member of, inter alia, NATO and the G7, the United Kingdom is...


Read more at: Biological warfare and the pandemic
Biological warfare and pandemic

Biological warfare and the pandemic

10 September 2020 Starting the conversation… John Freeman , former Deputy Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and a former Chair of the BWC Meetings of Experts and of States Parties in Geneva. He is currently a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London The Covid-19 pandemic has...


Read more at: New strategic pressures in the Indo-Pacific: contest, connectivity and contagion
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New strategic pressures in the Indo-Pacific: contest, connectivity and contagion

27 July 2020 Starting the conversation… Rory Medcalf, Professor and Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University The Indo-Pacific concept had only just become a new orthodoxy for thinking about strategy when the great disruption of COVID-19 arrived, putting all existing worldviews to the test...


Read more at: What does it take to win the coming Capital Wars?
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What does it take to win the coming Capital Wars?

8 July 2020 Starting the conversation… Michael Howell, CEO/Founding Managing Director at Crossborder Capital Ltd. and author of Capital Wars – The Rise of Global Liquidity “Every globalisation was initiated by a rising empire …As a rising super power, the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy is the beginning of China’s own...


Read more at: Is Hong Kong's autonomy dead? Is the 'One Country, Two Systems' model coming to an end?
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Is Hong Kong's autonomy dead? Is the 'One Country, Two Systems' model coming to an end?

1 June 2020 Starting the conversation… Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame Beijing’s decision to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong triggered the US Secretary of State to decertify the city’s autonomous status and the UK to provide a path to citizenship...


Read more at: Is there really a "backlash" against the belt and road?
One Belt One Road Backlash

Is there really a "backlash" against the belt and road?

1 June 2020 Starting the conversation… Eyck Freymann, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford The Trump administration is trying to persuade the world that it doesn’t pay to do business with China. The U.S. government’s 2018 National Security Strategy accuses China in three separate places of practicing “ predatory economics...


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Could you #shelterinplace in only 3.5m2?

26 May 2020 Starting the conversation… Jennifer Ward George, Design Fellow for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and University of Cambridge Records show that the number of people globally displaced currently sits at around 1 in every 110 persons worldwide. As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world...


Read more at: Does the coronavirus mark the end of EU enlargement?
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Does the coronavirus mark the end of EU enlargement?

20 May 2020 Starting the conversation… Tim Less , Centre for Geopolitics, Cambridge University Against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis, the EU has agreed to open negotiations on membership for Albania and North Macedonia. This follows a decision by Paris to lift its veto on the EU’s expansion into the Balkans in...