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Joe Beaden has 18 articles published.

History

The Case for Narrative History

It is easy to assume, in the modern world of the Internet and the instant transfer of information that narrative history is losing its relevance, as this technology: ‘Allows historians to reduce the narrative of their work and let the facts and arguments speak for themselves under the harsh scrutiny of the world academic stage’, but such an approach would be unfounded. History may have become more scientific than ever before, but this does not necessitate a departure from the time-tested narrative style. Narrative history is often dismissed as simple ‘stories’ – romanticized tales of the past designed to glorify national heroes or support the beliefs of a particular ideology. The alternative –the analytical style- may seem to be a modern, empirical and scientific approach… Keep Reading

Middle East/World

Turkish foreign policy: Erdogan reassesses his options

I have previously been a little critical of Turkey’s approach towards foreign affairs. Before now it seems as though they have done nothing but make mistakes: whether it be backing groups that proceeded to fail dismally, possibly funding ISIS or alienating almost every major player in the region it seemed as if Turkey was never going to make any good choices. Now however that seems to be changing. The relationship between Russia and Turkey has historically been frosty. In fact, the two powers have never quite seen eye to eye. This is a problem for Russia, as the Bosporus is the only way for Russian ships to enter the Mediterranean. It also poses a major problem for Turkey, as they stand between one of the… Keep Reading

EU Referendum/Europe/World

Europe Just Outplayed Us on an Astronomic Scale

As a believer in the creation of a federal Europe you may expect me to be disappointed with the result of the referendum. On the contrary however, I am really quite pleased – and impressed. Many heralded yesterday’s Brexit vote as the death knell of the European project; the end of the 50 year attempt to unite the continent after 30 years of war. It was assumed that with Britain’s departure, other states would follow and the EU would collapse. Of course, this is a distinct possibility, but if Europe can weather the current storm (and from the looks of things, it can), then Brexit might just have been exactly what the European Project needed to finish the job. Since it joined in 1973, Britain… Keep Reading

Middle East/UK/World

Life imitates art: Leadership challenges in Israel and the UK

A few months ago, -in a move eerily similar to a certain Conservative politician in the UK- the defence minister of Israel, Moshe Ya’alon resigned. At the time he cited: ‘difficult disagreements on professional and moral matters’, and made no secret of his intention to stand for office in the future. This week the moment of truth finally came, with Ya’alon making his first pitch to the people of Israel. One of the issues he highlighted was that Israel’s current government is using scaremongering tactics to maintain control by terrifying Israelis with fears of external enemies. Ya’alon stated his belief that Israel is the strongest country in the region, and it’s people should not be living in fear. He also stated that he would attempt… Keep Reading

Middle East/World

Is the Middle East on a Course for Cataclysm?

‘History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.’ This famous line is often attributed to Mark Twain, despite their being no actual evidence that he was the one who first said it. It’s one of those lines that you can produce in conversation if you wish to appear more knowledgeable without offering any actual comment on a subject. It causes people to take pause and consider that the solution to many of our current problems can be found in analysis of past events, and one of our current problems is the unsustainable situation in the Middle East. The international situation in the region has been balanced on a knife’s edge since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The borders imposed on the region by… Keep Reading

Asia/World

Korean Reunification: Can it Ever Become a Reality?

The Cold war divided the entire world. Even in those states that weren’t torn apart by conflict, ideological differences split families and communities. International politics was split into two camps: Communist and Capitalist. Since the Cold War ended in the 90s, many of the countries that had previously been divided have been reunited. Germany and Vietnam being prime examples of this. But one pre-cold war state remains divided and has dominated newspaper headlines in recent years: Korea. The division of Korea began in 1945, when the newly independent state (free from Japanese rule for the first time in 35 years) was split between a communist north and capitalist south. As relations between the USSR and USA deteriorated, so did the plan for reunification. Free elections… Keep Reading

Asia/World

China’s Foreign Policy – Simplified

In any discussion of current affairs and international relations, there is always one topic that always crops up – China. Whether it be through Trump’s bizarre obsession with the country or the threat it poses to the European steal industry, we are constantly being warned about the danger posed by China to the West. But what do all those warnings actually mean? How is it that China is becoming such a scary prospect for western leaders? Xi Jinping is the current leader of China, having taken office in 2013. Xi’s leadership style is certainly different to that of his predecessors – several western commentators have noted that he seems to be attempting the mimic Mao’s dictatorial style, though just stopping short of a personality cult.… Keep Reading

EU Referendum/Europe/World

Federal Europe: Dream or Nightmare?

With the UK’s EU referendum fast approaching, I don’t doubt that most people are sick and tired of the constant back and forth between the two sides. However the reason that this referendum is dominating the headlines is because of how important it is – for the future of the UK and the world. This decision will shape the future of international politics for centuries to come, for better or for worse. In this article I’m going to focus on one particular aspect of EU that has been mentioned but never really addressed; because one side is afraid to mention it and the other doesn’t understand it. Imagine the scene; you’re sitting at home watching the news. A typical pro-Brexit politician is droning on about… Keep Reading

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