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Anastassiya Mahon

Anastassiya Mahon

Associate Lecturer in Security Studies, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
My research examines the role of (in)security in policy formation, especially in illiberal regimes. I am particularly interested in seeing (in)security in politics as a process of bringing change. Specifically, I'm looking at how the fear of terrorism can completely reshape both politics and society. I am interested in Russia and Central Asia.

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine war: Russia toughens up draft law to round-up more people for the frontlines

Jul 04, 2024 02:31 am UTC| Insights & Views

Russia is introducing laws aimed at closing loopholes used by those wanting to avoid the draft. Evading the draft has been relatively easy in Russia until now. All those who wanted to avoid military service needed to do...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine war: why central Asian countries want to move away from Russian control

Jun 03, 2024 11:09 am UTC| Insights & Views

The terrorist attack on Moscows Crocus City Hall in March 2024, which left 140 people dead, has sparked a crackdown on central Asian workers living in Russia, and put the relationship between the region and Russia under...

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Economy

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China Commits to Economic Growth and Reform Amidst National Security Concerns

The Communist Party of China concluded a significant conclave, pledging to boost economic development through comprehensive reforms while maintaining national security. The Central Committees communique outlined objectives...

Japan Sets Visitor Record in June as Weak Yen Spurs Tourism Boom

Japan achieved a new monthly visitor record in June, with 3.14 million foreign visitors, driven by the weak yen. This surge positions tourism as a critical economic driver, with expectations of surpassing pre-pandemic...

Philippine Economy Grows Over 6% Under Marcos, Outpaces Regional Neighbors

Since President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. took office in 2022, the Philippine economy has grown by an average of 6.1%, surpassing the growth rates of neighboring countries. Economic administrators attribute this success to...

Politics

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Joe Biden Shock: Leaked Messages Reveal Democratic Delegates Doubting POTUS' 2024 Candidacy After Debate Performance

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Elon Musk Called Donald Trump a 'Stone-Cold Loser' in 2020, Now Backs Him in Shocking Reversal

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Donald Trump Accepts GOP Nomination, Criticizes Democrats for 'Destroying' Nation in RNC Speech

At the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Donald Trump ascended the stage to accept the nomination of the Republican Party and deliver his first statement since the attempted assassination at the rally. In his...

Science

NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

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SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

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SpaceX Moves Starship Booster to Launch Pad for Historic Flight 5 Test Attempt

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Study: Alcohol and Energy Drink Mix Impairs Memory and Learning in Rodents

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Technology

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Elon Musk's Tweet Ignites MAGA Coin Surge by 20% – Here’s What Happened

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US Spot Bitcoin ETFs Soar with $17B Inflows in 2024 – What’s Driving the Surge?

The spot Bitcoin ETF products, introduced to the market approximately six months ago, are exhibiting excellent performance. As of July 19, the net flows of Bitcoin ETFs reached more than $17 billion Year-to-date...

Bitcoin Set to Skyrocket as Experts Predict New All-Time High Near Bitcoin Conference 2024

Recently, the primary cryptocurrency has surpassed the $67,000 threshold, attracting the interest of investors. The Bitcoin Conference 2024 in Nashville, scheduled for July 25-27, has generated rumors of a further surge....
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