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25 Sep Where the impact of the Scottish referendum lies

After Scottish voters delivered a relatively clear decision in the referendum on independence for Scotland, the bargaining for further powers to be devolved to the Scottish government has already begun. This was promised by the leaders of the three main Westminster parties in the lead...

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04 Sep Asia a bad backup for Russia’s gas exports

The crisis in Ukraine has raised the possibility of Russia cutting off its natural gas supply to the European Union (EU) to retaliate against Western sanctions. But will Russia really do that at the expense of its gas income?  If it does, will it be...

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09 May Abe’s European tour: a success

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s week-long tour of Europe was a sales pitch for Japan, intended to boost his country’s economy and strengthen its security ties. The Japan-EU FTA and Implications for the TPP Last year, Japan and the European Union began talks on a Japan-EU free...

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06 Mar Crisis in Crimea: setting patterns of behaviour

A meeting in Paris last night (5 March) between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine, which reached its apex when Russia started moving in its troops into Crimea on 1 March. Further...

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28 Dec A year in the world

I probably travelled too much this year. I went to New York, Europe, and as far away as South America, and to most of the capitals of Asia. There are limits to what telephone and video calls can do. Information is plentiful today but insight requires...

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21 Jan An EU model for ASEAN?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) continues its move towards greater institutionalization of the organization’s rules and procedures. An ASEAN Charter was signed on its 40th anniversary (on 20 November 2007) to make it a more rules-based organization. An ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human...

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