2 July 2012


The July issue of International Affairs features articles on the 'stormy waters ahead' for UK-Argentine relations; London's '(in)security Olympic Games'; and India and China's growing economic and political influence in Africa.

The lead article, by Klaus Dodds, argues that relations between the UK and Argentina are at their worst since the conflict in 1982, with little prospect of the situation improving in the near future. Dodds offers a diagnosis of the current situation, outlining some of the key pressure points affecting the islanders and British policy-makers. In this podcast, he discusses the article in the context of recent posturing by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, and the Falkland Islands' announcement of a referendum on political status scheduled for 2 013.      

With the London 2012 Olympics approaching, Barrie Houlihan and Richard Giulianotti examine the security costs of the Games - expected to account for between 15 and 20 per cent of the total costs - and warn of a 'security legacy' for the UK in the form of further encroachment on civil liberties. 

The issue features several articles on changes in Africa, with Ian Taylor examining India's growing activity on the continent. This represents an opportunity for African companies and governments, Taylor argues, but one which could be quickly squandered if not handled correctly.  

Deborah Bräutigam and Tang Xiaoyang examine China's use of development programmes in Africa and elsewhere. They suggest that this economic statecraft is primarily intended to provide a platform to accelerate China's own domestic restructuring, rather than to boost its resource security or enhance its soft power as is commonly assumed. 

Marking one hundred years of the African National Congress in South Africa, Raymond Suttner considers the history of the ANC and its outstanding governance challenges. An article by Alice Hills analyses the relationship between policing and democracy in Nigeria. 

Finally, David Keen revisits the thorny issue of whether 'greed' or 'grievance' can be regarded as the most important cause of civil war. 

Notes to Editors

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Listen to this month's International Affairs podcast, featuring Professor Klaus Dodds on the Falklands and Deputy Editor Sabine Wolf discussing the review articles.