Category Archives: Power and Developments

What is the so-called ‘Dictator’s Club’?

President Xi and President Putin are the key figures in the so-called ‘Dictator’s Club’.

The Dictator’s Club is the term often given by some commentators in the West to refer to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. This is a IGO representing primarily European and Asian States. So, why was it formed and what is its purpose on the international stage?

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How are the deaths of Qassam Soleimani and Ayman Al-Zawahiri examples of US Hard Power?

A US Predator Drone that can be be armed and operated from 1,250km away.

On the 3rd January 2020 US drone strike in Iraq killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani whilst on the 31st July 2022 a similar such drone strike in Pakistan killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Both these attacks had tactical similarities, but more broadly both were stand-out examples of a type of military hard power that few states truly possess. So what happened in these two cases and what was their legal status?

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Trump, Trade Wars and China

This post was kindly submitted by a Sixth-Form Student at St. George’s College, Weybridge.

US trade policy in the Trump era is defined by one word: protectionism. Essentially, this ideology argues against free trade and, to a larger extent, globalism. It is the trade aspect of his all-round America First approach. In practice, it is the economic policy of restricting imports from other countries through methods such as tariffs. In the US, protectionism has taken the form of tariffs against China. However, before Trump picked a fight with China, he had a bigger enemy – Mexico.

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