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Ben Jones

During the Cold War, nearly a quarter of all the world’s nuclear testing took place in Kazakhstan, in secret. In 1986, a high-profile disaster in Ukraine changed that.

Ben Jones

The revolt against President Omar al-Bashir is not the first in Sudan’s history, but it is the first since Africa’s former largest country split in two.

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The Labour Party’s recent entanglement with antisemitism came as a shock to many. At its root is the issue of nationalism. 

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Who cares whether China stops buying soy from the United States? History suggests we all should.

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The Iraq War has damned the former British Prime Minister in the eyes of many. But his support for regime change was widely shared at the time.

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History suggests that Britain’s relationship with Europe may never truly be resolved.

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India’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality is presented as the country shaking off the last vestiges of colonialism. The reality is not so simple.

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Many historical analogies have been drawn to explain the Trump phenomenon. Few have pointed out that the 45th president has something in common with his great predecessor, Abraham Lincoln. Both sought to shape an economy that benefited white working men.