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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Belarus is sometimes regarded as Europe’s last dictatorship, though that sentiment seems a little optimistic now. Since taking power in a 1994 election on a promise to drain the Belarusian swamp, Alexander Lukashenko has turned his country into a time capsule on the edge of the continent. Western journalists periodically …

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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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In the land of unicorns and cockroaches

As the world’s seemingly insatiable hunger for tech-savvy products and services continues to increase, the pressure on tech companies and startups’ ability to tap into the tech-market has only intensified. Besides struggling to stay a front-runner in the technical development, they have been confronted with new challenges as to how …

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How did we get here? Three aspects enabling Trump to become the President-Elect

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. I can imagine many waking up on November 9 feeling the same way I did, and the same way as they did after …

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Trump’s Views Are Not The Problem

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. Also note that this piece was written approximately a week before publishing, and therefore does not account for the most recent developments. The …

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Yes We Can: Washington DC’s Struggle for Statehood

Normally being physically close to power is seen as an advantage for the population of a capital. This is not quite the case in Washington D.C. The city’s residents lack representation in Congress and control over their own budget. On November 8 Washingtonians will, instead of voting for Congressmen and …

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When should you trust the experts?

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. In the run up to the Brexit referendum, Michael Gove (one of the faces of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign) was chastised for his …

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English Identity and the EU Vote

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. Also note that this piece was written approximately a week before publishing, and therefore does not account for the most recent developments. English …

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Protecting refugees or protecting states – is there a choice?

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Utrikesperspektiv.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. UPF travelled more than 3000 kilometres to visit Beirut, Lebanon, and learnt that local politics, to a large extent, is global and that …

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Where We At: Fallout From Second Super Tuesday

As Nate Silver put it, “‘With the exception of the 2016 election,’ will be a common phrase in PhD dissertations in 2044.” The primary race on the Republican side seems to have defied every tiny scrap of punditry wisdom so far. The Democratic side, on the other hand, is working …

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