Chinese Foreign Policy and Domestic FactorsForeign Policy & International Relations
Chinese foreign policy under the presidency of Xi Jinping has been increasingly controversial, confident and engaged in both the regional and global trends in security and political economy. At a 2014 foreign affairs conference, Xi emphasized that Chinese diplomacy should be conducted “with a salient Chinese feature and a...
24 Aug 2016
The Need to Look More Closely at IranForeign Policy & International Relations
In a recent Expert Analysis published by TRENDS, Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield and Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad presented the view that the USA government and policy analysts are misreading Iran. They explained there is a long held belief that Iran will change, that the reformist figures in the country seek to,...
12 Jul 2016
Is the Idea of “The West” still Relevant in Modern International Politics?Foreign Policy & International Relations
The term “the West” is widely used in the media and discussions on contemporary political issues: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Eastern Europe or Syria, for instance, are seen as challenging “the West” as well as inviting some form of “western” political or strategic response. The term has...
21 Mar 2016
Elections in Iran: Should We Wait for Changes?Foreign Policy & International Relations
The important day On February 26, 2016, elections in the Majlis and Assembly of Experts were held in Iran. Their outcomes are expected to play a significant role in determining the future of the Islamic republic for the next several. On the one hand, the results of the...
21 Mar 2016
Moscow Plays Poker in Syria: What’s at Stake?Foreign Policy & International Relations
Russian military deployment in Syria should not be considered as the core goal of Moscow’s diplomacy but its instrument. It is also a serious mistake to present Russian efforts in the country as the result of a game of “chicken” between Moscow and the West. Moscow is playing a...
21 Oct 2015
American Military Strategy in LibyaForeign Policy & International Relations
September 11 now unfortunately marks not only the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, but also the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in an attack on the U.S. Temporary Mission Facility and the CIA Annex by militias affiliated with...
04 Oct 2015
Towards a New World OrderForeign Policy & International Relations
Soon after the breaching of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, President H. W. Bush declared the onset of a ‘new world order’. The term has a long provenance, being first used in the contemporary era by President Woodrow Wilson in his Fourteen Points, when he called for the...
09 Sep 2015
Small States in a Global Age: Soft Power, Cultural Influence, and State-BrandingForeign Policy & International Relations
The shifting contours of the global order and the emergence of a new generation of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states’ leaders in the late 1990s and early 2000s intersected with changes to the very concepts of power and influence. Together, these opened up new possibilities and directions for the...
03 Sep 2015
French Interests and Strategy in Libya after QaddafiForeign Policy & International Relations
The French Embassy in Tripoli closed on 30 July 2014. French citizens were told by the French Foreign Ministry the following day to leave Libya due to a ‘worsening security situation’. Potential visitors to Libya checking French travel warnings will still find in summer 2015 that they risk kidnapping,...
02 Sep 2015