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Robert Fico: why the attempted assassination of Slovakian prime minister could fuel the information war between Russia and Europe

Michael Toomey, University of Glasgow The assassination attempt on Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico on May 15 has sent a shockwave through Europe. Unfortunately political assassinations are not unheard of in this part of the world – indeed, Slovakia itself continues to reverberate from the 2018 assassination of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, an

Taliban: why China wants them as a friend and not as a foe

Tom Harper, University of East London The Taliban’s presence at the massive October jamboree in Beijiing to celebrate the 10th year of China’s ambitious trade plan, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is part of Beijing’s regional strategy. This was one of only a handful of foreign visits made by the Taliban since