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The Scandinavian Candidates – Finland and Sweden to Join NATO in Major Shift to European Security Landscape

Finland and Sweden are set to become NATO’s youngest members following the June summit in Madrid. The fast-tracking of the two Scandinavian democracies is expected to further isolate Russia, officially designated ‘the most significant threat to international security’ in the latest Strategic Concept. Finnish and Swedish representatives were hesitant to accept a membership condition imposed …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: South Korea July 2022

Introduction It is fair to say that the newly elected President, Yoon Suk-yeol, has his work cut out for him. Having won the presidency for one five-year term - the norm in South Korea - by just 0.79%, the possibility of him making any meaningful political difference seemed a highly unlikely proposition. Firstly, from a …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: Pakistan June 2022

Introduction The legacy of the British partition of India in 1947 is still felt. Pakistan, the resulting Muslim-majority state, has been a country on the edge of religious fervour, political upheaval and existential dread for its entire existence. As one party in the world’s comparatively forgotten nuclear détente (outside of South Asia that is), and …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: India

A foul wind blows India some good – Maybe India finds itself on the brink of becoming a world superpower, potentially. It was perhaps Modi’s decisive action against China’s intrusions into the Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan River Valley in April/May/June 2020, that marked the country’s first real opportunity to be considered in such rarefied air. Yet …

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Virgin on the ridiculous

If irony needs physical form made flesh, there can be few better examples than last month’s findings of an official Commission report that the British Virgin Islands was suffering from poor governance and widespread corruption, having to be brought forward because the Islands’ Premier, Andrew Fahie, was arrested in the USA and stripped of his …

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