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11 Feb 2014
Africa | Diplomacy | One China | People’s Republic of China | Recognition | Republic of China | São Tomé | sovereignty | Taiwan | Asia | International
There is only one China, but which is it? There are two Chinas, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) but because both accept...
24 Jan 2014
Africa | Conflict | Diplomacy | Eritrea | Ethiopia | International recognition | Politics | War/peace | International
Eritrea is a small nation state on the coast of the Red Sea with a history of past struggles. A former colony of Italy, its annexation by Ethiopia via the...
25 Oct 2013
Diplomacy | diplomatic immunity | government decision making | Head of State | international criminal law | Human rights | International law | Law
Traditionally, heads of states, and other state officials, have enjoyed some form of immunity from prosecution. Immunity can be divided up in to two types...
16 Apr 2013
Syria, a relatively small but pivotal Middle Eastern Country, has been on a downward spiral since March 2011 when there were peaceful street protests calling...
14 May 2012
boycott | Diplomacy | Euro 2012 | Football | Human rights | Olympics | Poland | Soccer | sport | Team sports | Uefa | Ukraine | Viktor Yanukovych | Yulia Tymoshenko | Sport
The UEFA Euro 2012 tournament is being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The football is scheduled to start on 8th June with a match between Poland and...
20 Feb 2012
Ahmadinejad | Chavez | Diplomacy | Iran | Negotiations | North Korea | Obama | preconditions | rogue states | Syria | US | US foreign policy | Venezuela | Global | International
During one of the democratic primary debates leading up the 2008 presidential election, then Senator Barack Obama was asked whether he would meet with the...
This House believes NATO countries and the government of Afghanistan should negotiate a power-sharing deal with the Taliban.
17 Feb 2012
Afghanistan | al Qaeda | Diplomacy | NATO | Negotiations | Peace | Taliban | terrorism | War | Americas | Middle East | International
The Taliban first emerged in an organized form in 1994, from the confusion of twenty years of civil war in Afghanistan. They presented themselves as an...
17 Feb 2012
boycott | China | Diplomacy | Olympics | Olympics | opening ceremony | protest | regime | Repression | sport | Tibet | Human rights
Sports events have often played host to gestures designed to make political points. Holding as they do worldwide media attention, they act as a platform to...
26 Jan 2012
Common foreign and security policy | Diplomacy | European External Action Service | EUROPEAN UNION | France | Global Governance | International Organisations | security council | United Kingdom | United Nations | Europe | Global | International
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the main institutions of the United Nations. It was created after WWII to maintain international peace and...
26 Jan 2012
Diplomacy | great powers | International Governance | International Organisations | International Security | Permanent 5 | security council | United Nations | Global | International
The Security Council is the key organ of the United Nations with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. It has the power to...