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  • Trump’s latest move to build a wall

    Following three weeks of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans have finally reached a compromise on border security to avoid a second government shutdown.

    How can South America take advantage of its soft power potential?

    Culturally and economically, South American nations should be able to leverage significant soft power. And yet, only Brazil and Argentina made it into Portland’s 2018 Soft Power 30 index – scraping into 29th and 30th place respectively.

    Dysfunction in DC: The federal government shutdown explained

    Twenty-five percent of the US government has been shutdown for over 25 days, the longest impasse in American history.

    A tangled web: healthcare and the 116th Congress

    The policy and political challenges facing both parties and President Trump are many. But one – issue healthcare – continues to dominate.

    2018 United States midterm election

    The results on Tuesday’s 2018 midterm elections revealed a deeply divided country, with both sides dissatisfied with the state of politics in America.

    Cities: the major new player in the diplomatic game

    Global organisations, non-governmental groups and international businesses are all playing a large part in how nations interact, and so too are cities.

    #KOT: Kenyans respond to Cambridge Analytica revelations

    The dust was only just starting to settle after a period of turbulence. Two weeks before, Kenya’s long-standing political adversaries, President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, stood together to deliver a joint statement.

    The Commonwealth – Shackled by a historic legacy

    Can the Commonwealth really move towards a common future?

    New Zealand’s political shake-up

    While the eyes of the political press have been on the negotiating table in Brussels last week, there were another set of political discussions taking place half a world away, as New Zealand’s recent election finally declared a winner – though you would be forgiven for missing it.

    Kenya: One week on and many questions remain

    Kenya will return to the polls on 17 October, after the Supreme Court annulled the presidential results from the August elections. The original poll, held on 8 August, saw incumbent President, Uhuru Kenyatta, declared the winner with 54% of the vote, a lead of 1.4 million votes over the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga.

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