The Finnish Question

By Isadore H. Finland has long been an icon for neutrality within Europe, alongside Switzerland. It wouldn’t be uncommon to hear of the ‘Finlandization’ of countries; a push for certain states to be more neutral on the European stage. For example, people called for the ‘Finlandization’ of Ukraine in the period leading up to theContinue reading “The Finnish Question”

The History of the Russia-Ukraine War

By James T. Ukraine means ‘borderland’. This name has particular relevance in the nature of the long-standing conflict in Ukraine. One need only look at history, and the conflict that has been going on in and around the country to realise that what is occurring today has its roots deep in the last two centuries.Continue reading “The History of the Russia-Ukraine War”

Unholy allegiance: exploring the hard right’s infatuation with the Putin regime

By Tod M In the weeks following the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, a vast quantity of analysis has gone into how European and American hard right figures have responded to Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine. From Marine le Pen’s disavowal of a regime that was once her benefactor, to Tucker Carlson’s doubling down onContinue reading “Unholy allegiance: exploring the hard right’s infatuation with the Putin regime”

Xi Jinping: A Brief Introduction

By Ameya P When the average person thinks of Xi Jinping, there is a noticeable similarity amongst the ideas and themes that are associated with China’s paramount leader. Perhaps words like ‘authoritarian’ or ‘censorship’ immediately spring to mind. There might be truth in these characterisations of Xi, and one could reasonably argue that his pastContinue reading “Xi Jinping: A Brief Introduction”

The Road to the Sun – The Japanese interwar period

By Isadore H A bright future was expected for Japan after the First World War: significant economic growth pushed forwards liberalisation and an opening to the outside world. Japanese modernism captured the spirit of Japan in these transitional years: bold, flowing and exciting. Yet, by 1938, Japan had descended towards a totalitarian military dictatorship ruledContinue reading “The Road to the Sun – The Japanese interwar period”

Is Kagame’s style of governance in Rwanda justified?

Charlie W In a time of increasing foreign attention and prosperity in Africa, Rwanda is seen by many as a symbol of such growth, and with the newly proposed British refugee plan being picked up in all parts of the media, the country has been put under the spotlight more than ever. Despite its complexContinue reading “Is Kagame’s style of governance in Rwanda justified?”