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Jennifer Mathers

Jennifer Mathers

Reader in International Politics, Aberystwyth University

I have a background in the study of Russian politics, history and security (MPhil in Slavonic and East European Studies from Oxford) as well as an undergraduate degree (BA Mount Holyoke College, US) and PhD (DPhil Oxford) in International Relations. In addition to my expertise in Russia and the former USSR, I also research and teach in the area of women/gender and conflict.

Global Geopolitics Series

How the mothers of dead soldiers may be what reins in Vladimir Putin's ambitions

Jan 22, 2018 13:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Vladimir Putin seeks to present an image of Russia as a country that is strong, decisive, and able to reshape the world to its own ends. One of Moscows favourite tactics is to use military intervention even while Russian...

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Economy

Australia’s headline construction rises below expectations in Q1

Australias headline construction figure for the first quarter came in below expectations; however, the details of the report were strong. Construction rose 0.2 percent sequentially in the March quarter, with a mix of...

U.S. new home sales miss consensus estimates, suggest a soft start to Q2

The United States new home sales fell by 1.5 percent m/m in April, to 662k. This was below the consensus estimates of 680k, although the m/m rate of decline was in line with what Barclays Research had forecast. The miss...

Asia-Pacific’s macroeconomic environment remains intact, albeit at the cost of trade and capital risks: S&P Ratings

The favorable macroeconomic environment in Asia-Pacific remains intact, although risks relating to capital flows and trade have increased, according to the latest report titled APAC Economic Snapshots--May 2018, published...

U.S. Treasuries spurge on safe-haven demand following massive sell-off in Turkish Lira

The U.S. Treasuries jumped during North American session Wednesday as investors crowded into safe-haven assets, following a massive sell-off in the Turkish Lira. Also, the 5-year note auction, scheduled to be held today by...

Malaysian headline inflation rises slightly in April, BNM likely to keep OPR on hold at 3.25 pct through 2018

Malaysian headline inflation strengthened slightly on a year-on-year basis in April. On a sequential basis, the inflation remained the same. The CPI index rose slightly to 1.4 percent year-on-year in April from 1.3 percent...

Politics

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Indonesia witnessed another terrorist act last week. But, this time, it occurred in a maximum-security detention centre located at the polices Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. More than 150 terrorist...

Would America vote for Oprah for president?

America has had a black president. Is the country ready for a black president who is also a woman? Speculation about the candidacy of Oprah Winfrey makes clear that some voters think so. Granted, Winfrey says she...

Lawyers keep secrets locked up – so they get asked to do the dirty work

Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey Weinsteins law firm...

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains...

Debate: On secularism in the 21st century

In January 2018 the French commemorated the Charlie Hebdo attacks that occurred three years earlier. The expression of American solidarity then toward the victims in France was quick and unwavering just as it was in the...

Science

Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

Black holes are some of the most terrifying subjects in the realm of science. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the raw power that is present in the universe, they also invoke undefinable terror in those who imagine...

Salt Could Prevent Hearing Loss After An Explosion

In movies, whenever a bomb goes off or an explosion occurs, there is that iconic moment where sounds are muffled and there is a high-pitched ring that pervades the whole scene. While films can go over-the-top with regards...

Scientists Want To Make Dogs Live Longer

Dogs are some of the most endearing creatures on the planet and one of the most tragic things about them is their short lives, at least when compared to humans. Depending on the breed, they can live from 7 to 15 years, on...

700,000-Year-Old Find Proves Early Humans Settled The Philippines Longer Than Previously Thought

Archeologists recently made a monumental discovery in the Philippines that pushes back the earliest period of human settlement in the region that was previously thought by over 600,000 years. Rhino bones and tools that...

States Sue EPA Over Rollbacks Of Environmental Protection Regulations

The Trump administration might not believe in climate change and could not care less about the environment, but the rest of the US does. This is why 18 states so far are now suing the Environmental Protection Agency for...

Technology

Bank of America wins Blockchain Patent for Security Measures

Bank of America has recently been awarded control over a patent that allows users verified access to certain blockchain network. The patent was given on May 22 as reported by the US Patent and Trademark Office...

Google No Longer Believes In “Don’t Be Evil” Mantra, Finally Joins The Dark Side

Since its founding, Google had a few central mottos that its founders abided by and one of them is Dont Be Evil. This has guided the companys actions for over two decades and one that many of its employees firmly believed...

Gamers Will Literally Play Anything, Even A Home Renovation Simulator

In a development that will likely infuriate some indie developers who have created video games that follow traditional examples of the industry, gamers are apparently going nuts over a new game on Steam called House...

Google Is Looking At $4.3 Billion Loss Thanks To UK Lawsuit

Google spying on users has become the norm these days and most people have learned to look past the fact that the search engine company is now in their lives in much deeper ways than their closest loved will ever be....

Resident Evil 7 Comes To The Switch, But Just Through The Cloud

Playing Resident Evil 7 on the Switch is a dream for a lot of players and it seems this dream is coming through in a roundabout way. Yes, the game will soon become available on the Nintendo portable console hybrid....
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