26 April 2017
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GEOPOLITICAL PRESS RELEASE MAY 2017   FRANCE’S NEXT PRESIDENT; HEZBOLLAH- THE REAL STORY;  AFGHANISTAN: THE ISIS THREAT   FRANCE’S NEXT PRESIDENT France – Under threat from Marine Le Pen to take them out of the EU, the French electorate in the 1st stage of the presidential election have nevertheless sent her through to the final vote on Sunday 7th May. Contrary to widespread expectations that she would come top in the  [ Read More ]

3 April 2017
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GEOPOLITICAL PRESS RELEASE APRIL 2017 BRITAIN QUITS THE EU;  SANITY PREVAILS IN NETHERLANDS; SAUDI SEEKS A RE-SET       BRITAIN LEAVES THE EU: WHAT NEXT?     In March the European Union celebrated the 60th anniversary of its foundation, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community – leading on to the European Union. For 44 of those years the UK has been in full membership. After  [ Read More ]

1 March 2017
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  GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN MARCH 2017   REFERENDUM VOTE – THE WHO’S AND THE WHY’S UK politics is now almost entirely dominated by BREXIT and it is likely to remain that way for all of the two years of negotiations shortly to commence, and for whatever follows. This is also of vital interest to the remaining 27 EU nations, in several of which the populist nationalism exhibited within the UK, is  [ Read More ]

1 February 2017
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GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN FEBRUARY 2017   THE RISE OF POPULISM; BREXIT: ‘DIVIDED WE WAIT’;  THE END OF ISIS?   THE RISE OF POPULIST NATIONALISM We face this as a difficult year, reflected in all of the three articles here. ‘The Rise of Populism’ by Sara Bielecki, sets the scene for key nation states of Europe, reviewing their state of play and their prospects. These are showing evidence of a worrying nationalism, quite  [ Read More ]

1 February 2017
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  WORLDAUDIT BULLETIN JANUARY 2017 The State of World Democracy in January 2017   We present our seventeenth annual survey of democracy, where we review those 154 of the world’s nations with a minimum one million population, by the criteria of Human Rights, Political Rights, Freedom of the Media and [Absence] of Corruption.  We are indebted to “Freedom House” and “Transparency International” for the use of their data, as we  [ Read More ]

30 November 2016
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GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN   DECEMBER 2016   FACING TRUMP REALITIES: (Martin Woollacott);  THE STATE OF RUSSIA: TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY MYSTERY (Sara Bielecki);  WAR IN IRAQ: ISIS AT BAY (Alessandro Bruno)   TRUMP’S TRIUMPH To Brits, indeed to fellow Europeans, waking up to the news of Trump’s triumph, the feeling was that “we’ve been here before”…. and very recently. The surprise and aftershock of Brexit continues to dominate our UK political news,  [ Read More ]

31 October 2016
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GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN NOVEMBER 2016  A GRUMBLING, FUMBLING & STUMBLING BREXIT; SYRIA: HOW TO END THE CIVIL WAR; HUNGARY: A “FAUX” DEMOCRACY SYRIA: HOW TO END THE CIVIL WAR  NewNations has been covering SYRIA since before the ‘Arab Spring’, also the invasion of Iraq that preceded it. Alessandro Bruno, who writes this month’s report arguing for an ‘Algerian’ solution to the ongoing misery in Syria, is a specialist in North African  [ Read More ]

30 September 2016
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GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN   OCTOBER 2016 BREXIT: THE LAWYERS MOVE IN The UK’s Brexit situation is no less complex for the three months passage of time, since the referendum. Clive Lindley and Peter Crisell combine on this Update. Key issues yet to be decided are whether the Referendum was mandatory, or advisory. To us and we explain, the answer is advisory. The House of Commons has not debated this central issue,  [ Read More ]

2 September 2016
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  GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN   SEPTEMBER 2016   UKRAINE: US’ & RUSSIA’S CORRUPT TARGET STATE;RUSSIA OUTFLANKS THE U.S IN SYRIA WITH HELP FROM IRAN; DEMOCRACY IS NOT DOING WELL! DEMOCRACY IS NOT DOING WELL!  UKRAINE became independent in 1991 when the USSR collapsed, so has made its own way for the past 25 years. In our World Audit’s 2016 report it ranks (out of 150 nations) 69th in the world for  [ Read More ]

1 August 2016
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GEOPOLITICAL BULLETIN   AUGUST 2016 THE UK & THE EU: WHAT NOW & WHAT NEXT?;FRANCE UNDER ATTACK; THE STATE OF LIBYA   WHAT NEXT FOR THE UK IN EUROPE? Unusually for NewNations, two of our three reports in this issue relate to ‘old’ nations, but both the UK and France figure large in contemporary geopolitics. Libya’s under-reported situation deserves wider understanding. The unexpected decision to ‘Leave’ the EU (Brexit) in  [ Read More ]