Out with the old, in with the…old: The longevity of authoritarianism in Sisi’s Egypt

Post by Beth Edgoose, Research Intern.

Thousands of fans turned up for the match. They pressed against the wire fence that enclosed the stadium, chanting and whistling for their team. The lucky few with tickets pushed their way to the front as armed rifle police formed tight lines at the back – forcing the crowd closer together. The stadium seated 30,000 and the crowd was at least that strong. There was no way in and thousands of voices raised in protest. Riot shields in front, a group of police pushed through an unlocked single gate less than four metres across. The fans surged, crushing those in front as wave after wave kept pushing forward. The scene quickly turned to chaos as the police fired tear gas in an attempt to stop them coming.

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The Great Game, still: Russia matters to the US, and its presence in Pyongyang reminds Washington just how much

Post by Matthew Conway, Research Intern

Russia and North Korea made headlines earlier this year when they declared 2015 a ‘year of friendship’. With Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict biting in Moscow, Russia is increasingly isolated from Europe and the OECD. Hermetic North Korea for its part is increasingly eschewed by China, hitherto its only ally. Given their isolation, both are seeking to diversify their international relationships for political and economic reasons.

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