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Thursday 5th October 2017

Catalonia: more than 2 million vote for independence despite Spanish crackdown

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Despite attempts by Spanish authorities and security service to block Sunday's independence referendum, more than 2.2 million of 5.3 million registered voters – a turnout of almost 43 per cent – cast ballots that could be tallied, according to Catalonia's officials.
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Thursday 5th October 2017
Thursday 7th September 2017

The impacts of war on corruption: new evidence from Nepal

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Doctoral Researcher, Tom Jarvis discusses the impacts of corruption in War.
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Thursday 7th September 2017
Thursday 26th January 2017

The imminent partition of Syria

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After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won't even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.
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Thursday 26th January 2017
Thursday 19th January 2017

Trump and Putin: How Special a Relationship?

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Time magazine's decision to make Donald Trump its 'Person of the Year' may have seemed like the ultimate no brainer in a year when we got rather used to expecting the unexpected. However, did the illustrious journal get it wrong? Instead could a case have been made for awarding this annual badge of prestige to Trump's counterpart in Moscow?
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Thursday 19th January 2017
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