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A horrifying drop


For a presumably global currency, a drop like this (GBP/USD) is very unwanted. The current Brexit vote, however, drives the market crazy, and GBP is losing its value much faster than Prince Charles tidies his hair.

(Graph from Bloomberg)

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The thing about Sino-Japanese relations

“Many Chinese consider the greatest humiliation during the century of humiliation to be China’s defeat by Japan, a former tributary and vassal state.”

—Zheng Wang, Never Forget National Humiliation, p. 54

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Algerian Foreign Policy in Perspective

If there are certain factors that may define Algerian foreign policy greatly, the factors of nationalism and revolutionary movements may provide the answer. This North African country found itself in the spotlight especially after what happened during the Algerian War of Independence in the 1950s. The United States Government considered Algerian foreign policy – especially in the 1960s and 1970s – to be ‘activist’, especially in support of independence movements in the Third World.

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Sejarah Politik Luar Negeri Indonesia

Untuk memeringati enam puluh tahun Konferensi Asia-Afrika pada tanggal 18-24 April 2015 mendatang, tulisan ini akan menapaktilas sejarah politik luar negeri Indonesia, bagaimana politik luar negeri mendukung keberlangsungan hidup negara yang baru merdeka, mengarungi berbagai tantangan politik internasional, hingga kini.

Sejarah politik luar negeri Indonesia tidak terlepas dari sejarah Kementerian Luar Negeri, yaitu badan pemerintah resmi yang khusus menangani isu-isu berkenaan dengan keluarnegerian (foreign affairs), mencakup, namun tidak terbatas pada, hubungan-hubungan dengan negara lain, dengan organisasi internasional, organisasi internasional non-pemerintah, serta berbagai wujud kerjasama lainnya. Dalam pemerintahan Indonesia, Kementerian Luar Negeri juga memegang status yang terbilang khusus, sebagai satu dari sedikit kementerian Indonesia yang secara eksplisit disebutkan di dalam Undang-undang Dasar (UUD), sehingga tidak dapat dihilangkan atau diubah nomenklatur serta wewenangnya—yaitu pada pasal 8 ayat (3).[1]

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Secretaries of State: More Trips to Asia-Pacific?

During my research (for my thesis), it is important to know how many trips (and days) are spent by three U.S. secretaries of state, Colin Powell (2001-2005), Condoleezza Rice (2005-2009) and Hillary Clinton (2009-2013). As many of us know, Secretary Clinton, under President Obama, is doing this ‘pivot’ strategy, otherwise known today as ‘rebalancing,’ toward the Asia-Pacific region. The intention is to signal an increasing attention to this growing region, and the United States finds it important.