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Few national elections can compete with Taiwan for the symbolism and identity politics tested at the ballot box. But could a maturing electorate be moving on from focusing on its relationship with China?

The ASEAN hotline

Southeast Asian defence ministries have established a communications network to improve relations and cool potential military conflicts
One month after signing a peace deal between South Sudan’s two warring sides, President Salva Kiir Mayardit announces he wants to split the new country into 28 separate states

Between four ferns

The New Zealand government has unveiled several potential alternative designs for the country’s new national flag, chosen by a select panel from thousands of entries submitted during a process open to the public
An expedition across Europe will explore the concept of ‘No Man’s Lands’, and aims to show that these ideas are as relevant today as they have always been

Representing Kurdistan

The Kurdistan Regional Government is a federal region of Iraq, but also represents the possible beginnings of an independent nation. Geographical meets the diplomat who represents the KRG in the UK

Explaining Syria

Syria’s civil war involves over 30 different factions. The opposition alone is reported to have 72 sub-groups. Geographical looks at five websites that help shed a little light on the conflict

Exploring enclaves

Geographical takes a look at the geography of some tricky international boundaries

Green Climate Fund is go

Japan’s delivery of its $1.5billion pledge makes the Green Climate Fund over 50 per cent funded, giving the green light for large-scale climate projects to commence
Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the UK are among the European nations that have delivered their Green Climate Fund pledges before the deadline, with the US and Japan notable for their absence
Fifty-one years after the United Republic of Tanzania was established, its citizens will have their first opportunity to approve – or reject – a new constitution by popular referendum
As the Arctic heats up, so does the debate surrounding its ownership. With so much at stake, the Arctic region is becoming an increasingly geopolitical hotspot

Snowden speaks to London

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, says the UK’s surveillance oversight is ‘worse than the US’ at Nesta’s FutureFest event
New satellite imagery reveals Chinese advances in ongoing land reclamation project in the South China Sea
Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, wants a new national flag – one without the Union Flag included. What is the future of Britain’s symbolic canton?
As eleven African countries prepare to go to the polls this year, a new election map will follow the action
Military recruitment tactics are increasingly fine-tuned to where a person lives, and how they perceive the world’s geography
‘I want to reassure you that you won’t notice a lack of high-quality beef. You are used to eating in good restaurants and you’ll continue doing so. Bon appétit!’ Those are words that Russia’s Minister for Agriculture, Nikolai Fyodorov, may…

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