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Recent crises reveal an increasing tendency among European Union members to pursue narrow national interests rather than to formulate and stick to common positions.

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A bomb attack in Bangkok in August 2015 again focused international attention on Thailand's turbulent domestic politics.

China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea

For China’s neighbours, the most worrying aspect of its land-reclamation works in the South China Sea is that it is unilaterally changing the status quo.

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UK defence review: a test of strategic ambitions

In conducting a new defence review, Britain’s Conservative government will need to determine its level of strategic ambition, and to set commensurate budget goals for the next five years.