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  • Governing Without An Opposition: The Aftermath Of The Early Parliamentary Election In Bulgaria

    A long-standing view among political scientists is that less fractionalized party systems produce more stable democracy and deliver socially better results. Putting theory and practice together, the question that remains is, ‘is that always the case?’. Theoretically speaking, policy is more easily passed and policy choices can be expected to be more stable in the

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  • The Mistral Warship Deal: What’s in for France and Russia?

    After two years of negotiations, Russia and France signed a treaty of military cooperation on June 17, 2011 under which two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, together with their full technological complement, will be sold to Russia. This deal marked the largest transfer of sensitive military equipment from one country to another in history. The agreement

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  • England’s Disappearing Regions

    Listing the members of the British royal family and aristocracy is a good way to discover England’s regions. The likes of Wessex, Cornwall and York, Kent, Gloucester and Norfolk all sport their own Duke; and Durham is known as the Land of the Prince Bishops. From history, we know that relations between these areas were

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  • Be careful what you wish for: a tale of two prime ministers

    David Cameron started his career as party leader with a simple wish: to get the Conservative Party to ‘stop banging on about Europe’. However, he did not have a strategy for making his dream come true. Instead, he took a series of tactical decisions in hopes that each would silence Tory Eurosceptics committed to ‘banging

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  • Brexit: Implications for Counter-terrorism

    Brexit will have negative consequences for counter-terrorism in the UK and in the EU. The UK will lose the possibility of enjoying the advantages the EU provides in this field and of fighting the threat transnationally, whereas the Union loses one of the most important members in its counter-terrorism effort. Although Brexit has definitely been

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  • Iraq: The Strategic Lessons of Chilcot

    “The danger is, as ever with these things, unintended consequences” Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2002 It is 12 volumes and 2.6 million words in length and took 7 years to prepare. Yesterday afternoon I spent reading the 150 pages of the Executive Summary of Sir John Chilcot’s magnus opus The Iraq Enquiry. The strategic implications

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  • Heat not Light: The Tyranny of the Input Culture

    Suddenly there is a glut of money. The British government is desperately trying to find projects to spend billions of unspent aid and development money. Meanwhile, the Treasury (finance ministry) has ordered that all of this money must be spent by the end of calendar year 2016. The result? A lot of ill-thought through projects

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  • An IMF Plot, Greece, the EU and BREXIT

    On 19 March 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission team for Greece held a meeting on how to force Greece into further austerity measures. These would entail deeper wage cuts, more social security cuts, higher taxes and more rapid conformity to IMF-EU policies intended to transfer capital from the middle class and workers to

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  • Czechia – Is The Czech Republic’s New Name Real?

    The Czech Republic wants to change its name. Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek has led calls for the country to be internationally known by the short, rather commercial-sounding name – Czechia. The word is quite obscure. Despite the argument by a Czech activist website that Czechia was first used in the 17th century by some

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  • Brussels attacks: why do family members commit terrorism together?

    It appears to be increasingly common that terrorist attacks not of the lone-wolf variety involve members of the same family. Some of them, like the San Bernardino attack last December, are committed by married couples or romantic partners. But quite a few recent terrorist atrocities – the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Boston Marathon bombings and

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