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The flaws of foreign aid: A focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

Women wheel their food rations, that have been donated by the Australian Governemnt, at a food distirbution point in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 23rd April, 2009.

BY ISABELLA ANTOLLINI, 27/11/2016 Possibly, foreign aid’s most quoted flaw is corruption. In an alarming number of cases, recipient governments seem embroiled with aid-related corruption. For example, Malawi’s former President Muluzi was charged with embezzling $12 million from aid money. Zambia’s former President Chiluba was involved in a case revealing that ...

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To steer the course, or capsize the ship?


The macroeconomic policies of the Clinton and Trump campaigns BY JAMES MACPHERSON, 27/11/2016 Presidential candidates often put forward proposals that are as much political statements as firm policy positions. In an election cycle where labour and trade issues are taking centre stage, Clinton and Trump’s fiscal philosophies hold sway in carving ...

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Blue-Collar Anger and the Appeal of Trump


BY LILY HESS, 27/11/2016 The United States is experiencing a truly distinct presidential election. Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, has endured in the election thus far despite his complete lack of political experience and unruly behavior that would normally disqualify any other candidate. His shortfalls are only exacerbated by his ...

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Did the Arab Spring reaffirm Rentier State Theory?


BY ALEXANDRIA REID, 27/11/2016 In early 2011, as an unexpected wave of revolutions spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa unseating dictators from their long held family thrones, patterns of regime resilience seemed to reaffirm Rentier State Theory (RST). Several scholars explained the survival of petroleum-exporting states with reference to ...

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The House that Khrushchev Built

BY GEORGE ISTIGECHEV, 03/05/2016 When someone on the Western side of the former Iron Curtain hears the name Nikita Khrushchev, several images spring to mind – the Cuban Missile Crisis, the infamous “we will bury you” remark, or the controversial shoe-banging incident at the UN. On the other side of ...

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China’s New Silk Road

BY ALESSANDRO MANCINI, 15/02/2016   Chinese authorities intend to tame ethnic conflicts in the Xinjiang region by encouraging economic prosperity. For hundreds of years the Xinjiang region, located in North-Western China, was at the heart of the Silk Road- a 4.000 km route stretching across the Eurasian continent that linked ...

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