International Relations

Abe’s Dream Constitution: End of the Security Dilemma or Something More?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s post-war constitution, in effect since 1947. Rather than celebrate the success of this constitution, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked Japan and its neighboring countries by making a bold promise to revise Japan’s constitution. Abe chose the year 2020 as a goal for implementing the new …

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China: Africa’s Curse or Blessing?

Africa goes Chinese. All over the continent Chinese companies are investing their money. Mines are being opened, roads are being made, and trains are starting to run. The results seem staggering: after decades of sluggish economic growth, Africa finally has its long-awaited economic boom. The question is how long this …

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The Continuation of Genocide in Modern Times

When we hear genocide, most people primarily think of the Holocaust, Arbeit Macht Frei, gas chambers. Some people would also consider the machete-wielding murderers in Rwanda, perhaps mention the Khmer Rouge, Srebrenica and perhaps even the Armenian death marches of the early 20th century. A few may bring up mass …

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A Europe still divided

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Theperspective.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. At a time when populism and xenophobia in Europe are rising, a British departure from EU is reality, and the thought of a …

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Miles to Go: Border Crossing under the US-Canada Safe Third Country Agreement

After the September 11 attacks in the United States, the Canadian and American governments decided to further restrict its shared border, signing an agreement called the US – Canada Smart Border Action Plan. As part of this new agreement, the Canada – US Safe Third Country Agreement was created. In an …

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Strategy or Ambiguity? Taiwan-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Before even having time to organize his sock drawer in the White House, Donald Trump managed to endanger US relations with China and broke the policy tradition that had seen six presidents before him come and go. Traditionally, the US has acknowledged the One China Policy while engaging in trade …

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Three Little Baltic States and The Big Bad Wolf

It goes without saying that Russia’s disputed military actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have given Europe’s eastern states something of a scare. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been especially uneasy about Moscow’s intentions and fear that they might be next. The Baltic States are in a sensitive geographical position, …

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Trump, Tillerson & ExxonMobil: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

A man with no government experience, Rex Tillerson is not your average choice for Secretary of State. But this isn’t your average President. Despite question marks over Tillerson’s diplomatic credentials, he is undeniably a shrewd operator. He was at the helm of the sixth largest company in the world, which …

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Hillary’s Russian Roulette

US-Russia relations have had a turbulent history, to say the least. But when Obama assumed the presidency in 2009 – less than a year after Russia’s invasion of Georgia, which threatened to plunge the US and Russia into a new cold war – he was eager to press the reset …

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The American Presidential Election’s Un-Sexy Security Issue

A large proportion of the American presidential debate has been concerned with security politics. However, one major issue has gotten little attention. The growing assertiveness of China in the South China Sea has made its neighbors increasingly anxious and a military escalation in the region would have severe global consequences. The most …

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