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- PhD candidates Irene Morlino and Katharina Kuhn published a research note in Swiss Political Science Review comparing Germany's and Italy's COVID crisis responses. Read "Decentralisation in Times of Crisis: Asset Or Liability? The Case of Germany and Italy During COVID-19".
- Visiting Fellow Dr Frega F Wenas Inkiriwang has published an op-ed article in the Jakarta Post entitled "The 20th PON: Sports and Peace in Papua".
- Congratulations to Kate Millar, who has signed the contract for her first book. "Support the Troops!: Gender, Military Obligation, and the Making of Political Community", with the Oxford University Press series in Gender and International Relations. It is expected late 2022, early 2023.
- On Friday 4th June, the final webinar in the How to Reform the Police series developed by Liam O'Shea explored ways in which donors can best support police reform in non-Western contexts. A post on the Department of International Relations Blog summarises the event for those of you who could not join.
- Chris Hughes was cited on China's international and domestic response to the AUKUS submarine deal. Read China accuses new U.S.-Australian submarine deal of stoking arms race, threatening regional peace in The Washington Post.
- Tomila Lankina took part in an online Chatham House discussion about a new book on Alexei Navalny. Watch The Politics of Alexei Navalny: What is the impact on Russia?
- Fawaz A Gerges was interviewed by Project Syndicate about US foreign policy and international relations, and some book recommendations. Read Say More: An interview with Fawaz Gerges.
- Jens Meierhenrich has published his book The Cambridge Companion to the Rule of Law, edited with Martin Loughlin. This book introduces students, scholars, and practitioners to the theory and history of the rule of law, one of the most frequently invoked - and least understood - ideas of legal and political thought and policy practice.
- Robert Falkner has published his book Environmentalism and Global International Society. This book reveals how environmental values and ideas have transformed the normative structure of international relations.
Dr Falkner also recently co-authored an article on climate clubs. Read Climate clubs: politically feasible and desirable?
He was also recently interviewed by E-International Relations - read the interview.
- Audrey Alejandro has published a new article in International Politics Reviews which is available to read on open access. Read Diversity for and by whom? Knowledge production and the management of diversity in international relations'.
- PhD candidate Vuk Vuksanovic describes ramifictions of the crisis in Afghanistan for Balkan countries, and the challenges of balancing favour with Western and non-Western powers, in an article on Euronews. Read Afghan crisis shows the Balkans is a geopolitical backwater.
- Peter Trubowitz featured in The Bloomberg Surveillance Podcast, in which he discussed the redefinition of the US national interest. Listen now.
- Fawaz Gerges has published articles in Project Syndicate and The Washington Post about ongoing events in Afghanistan and the legacy of the War on Terror. Read Terror and the Taliban and The U.S. squandered the world’s sympathy by invading Afghanistan and Iraq. What will it learn from defeat?
He has published an article in Foreign Policy on the risk of a terrorist resurgence in Afghanistan and clashes between the Islamic State and the Taliban. Read The Taliban Can’t Control Afghanistan. That Should Worry the West.
He has also been cited in a number of articles and broadcasts, including in BBC News, Gulf News, and The National.
- LSE Fellow Ellen Holtmaat argues on the department blog that next to limiting emissions, policy should focus on keeping fossil fuels in the ground. Read Keeping fossil fuels in the ground is the fastest route to the climate goals.
- PhD candidate Stephen Paduano has recently published an article in New Republic which looks at what recent changes in global oil markets portend for low-income countries, and how to help these countries through a global clean energy transition. Read How to Help Poorer Oil Countries Survive Climate Change.
He also asks in a new article for Foreign Policy whether Africa is headed for a financial crisis a global monetary conditions sour on African economies, and in the face of inadequate multilateral relief efforts. Read Is Africa Headed for a Financial Crisis?
- Fawaz Gerges has published an article in Project Syndicate which considers diplomatic and security opportunities for the Middle East as relations and alliances are in flux. Read Morning in the Middle East.
- Nicola Degli Esposti published an article on the 2017 independence referendum and the political economy of Kurdish nationalism in Iraq. Read this article in Third World Quarterly.
- An article on our department blog reports on the second seminar in a four part series on police organisation reform, developed by Liam O'Shea. Read How are Police Organisations actually reformed? on the department blog.
Also read a report of the third event in this series: What makes police reform and police reform movements successful?
- Congratulations to Emma Saint who received an honourable mention for the 2021 Academic Council on the United Nations System Dissertation (ACUNS) Award for the dissertation “Empowering Resistance: Revisionist States and the Underlying Dynamics of Norm Diffusion.”
- Toby Dodge was cited in a Guardian article on the growing power of Iraqi militias and their strategy to dominate Iraqi state and society. Read Iraqi militias grow in power as Iran’s military strongman proves too weak.
- Katerina Dalacoura has published an article in International Affairs on Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East: power projection and post-ideological politics.
- Katharine Millar, Yuna Han and Martin Bayly wrote an article for LSE's online research magazine, Research for the World, in which they suggest that how governments respond to the mass grief caused by the pandemic will have significant social order implications for years to come.
- Benjamin Faude and his co-author joined an episode of the Know Show Podcast to connect his theoretical work on 'low cost institutions' in global governance to pressing, current problems - such as climate change and COVID-19.
- Ellen Holtmaat has made recordings of her Modern Monetary Theory discussion groups available via YouTube.
Economics discussion group 1: Modern Monetary Theory
Economics discussion group 2: Modern monetary theory, inflation, cashlessness and fiscal policy
- Tomila Lankina discusses why the continuation of the imperial bourgeoisie matters for democracy and development in post-communist Russia in a 30-min coffee break session. Watch it here.
- PhD Candidate David Eichert has published an article in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy which assesses how the International Criminal Court uses Twitter to project certain diplomatic narratives about the Court and its place in the international community.
- PhD candidate Kentaro Fujikawa published an article in Global Policy on how civil wars can be settled with autonomy, using Aceh, Indonesia as case study.
Kentaro also published a blog post on the website of The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. This summarises his doctoral thesis findings on post-conflict self-determination referendums.
- PhD candidate David Eichert has published an article in the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, arguing that current understandings of genocide and sexual violence should be expanded to include genocidal crimes against men, transgender women, and people outside the gender binary.
- Fawaz A Gerges was interviewed by Five Books where he gave his recommendations for the best five books on The Middle East.
- Tomila Lankina discussed the outcomes of the Geneva Putin-Biden summit for Poland In (in English). Watch the video here from 3:38 minutes.
- William A Callahan discusses his book "Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations", the Eurocentrism of the larger “visual turn” in IR, and the making of his films in an episode of the New Books podcast.
- With ASEAN's announcement that the UK will become the group's 11th dialogue partner, Jurgen Haacke examined the UK's tilt towards the region in an East Asia Forum article.
- Benjamin Faude recently wrote a post for the LSE Department of Government blog on 'hybrid institutional complexes'. Dr Faude argues that HICs are key to living up to pledges like those made at the G7 Cornwall Summit.
- PhD candidate Stephen Paduano discussed how governments can simulate and prepare for sudden shocks and changing conditions by stress-testing supply chains in an article for the Financial Times (available through LSE's institutional access).
- Tristen Naylor has been featured in international broadcast and online media discussing the G7 Summit in Cornwall. He discussed the G7's alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative (from 1:30), the priorities of the attendees (from 00:40), and the G7's approach to China and the role it sees itself as playing in the world.
Dr Naylor was also featured in the G7 Briefing Book this year, where he spoke about his research into the trade-offs involved in virtual versus in-person summit.
- PhD candidate Vuk Vuksanovic contributed to a China Daily article on the G7 Summit, speaking on the Group's messaging and Biden's approach. Read G7 gathers to bolster ties, cooperation.
- William A Callahan was keynote speaker at the Nordic Association for Chinese Studies / Nordic Institute for Asian Studies joint annual conference. You can watch his speech, "Visualizing China, Visualizing the World" on YouTube (7:41-45:45).
- Katerina Dalacoura gave an interview to E-International Relations. She spoke about her upcoming Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship project ‘The International Thought of Turkish Islamists: History, Civilization and Nation', along with topics ranging from the ‘East versus West’ narrative to her best advice for scholars of International Relations.
- Peter Trubowitz spoke to NBC News about Chinese President Xi Jinping's efforts to make China more 'lovable'. Read 'Xi wants to make China more lovable around the world. He may have a tough job'.
- Ben Cormier has co-authored on how and why policy areas covered in World Bank loan conditions change over time and across borrowers. Read Power, ideas, and World Bank conditionality in the Review of International Organizations.
- Peter Trubowitz commented on Texas Republicans’ attempt to restrict voting rights for minorities in an article on a new voting reform bill for The i Paper.
- Fawaz Gerges contributed an article which examines Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "bitter" legacy to The Progressive Post - the political magazine run by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.
- Jurgen Haacke's new article contributes to the dialogue between foreign policy analysis and public policy, contextualising the concept of policy windows, using the example of the Obama administration’s policy shift regarding Myanmar.
Read 'Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs, Policy Windows, and “Pragmatic Engagement”: Reconsidering Insights of the Multiple Streams Framework and the Obama Administration's 2009 Policy Shift Toward Military-Run Myanmar' in Foreign Policy Analysis.
- Katharine M Millar has published an article in Security Dialogue which interrogates the intuitive ‘line’ between martial and other, particularly colonial, forms of violence. Read What makes violence martial? Adopt A Sniper and normative imaginaries of violence in the contemporary United States.
- Benjamin Faude has co-authored a new article on 'Hybrid Institutional Complexes in Global Governance' in The Review of International Organizations.
- An international and interdisciplinary team guided by Tomila Lankina as Principal Investigator, and formed by PhD candidate Giovanni Angioni and others from partner universities has been awarded a CIVICA grant for the project “The Long Shadow of Educational, Skills, and Professional Inequities in Time and in Space: Implications for Polarization and Support for Populism in Europe.”
Drawing on data and archival material from historical contexts as diverse as Tzarist Russia, medieval and present-day Italy, the project aims to contribute to academic debate and policy on the drivers of inequality and political polarisation, and the long-term social consequences of historical shocks like famines and epidemics. Read more about the project.
- A new article co-authored by Peter Trubowitz uses semi-supervised machine learning models to identify and measure assessments of international threat, and create a geopolitical threat index. The Geopolitical Threat Index: A Text-Based Computational Approach to Identifying Foreign Threats.
- James Ashley Morrison led a series of Qualitative Methods "master classes" in the Global Political Economy Project run by the Mortara Center for International Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. This culminated in a roundtable discussion on how to publish qualitative work successfully.
- Fawaz Gerges discussed how US foreign-policy circles are still wedded to an Israel-knows-best approach to the Middle East and until that changes, the tail will continue to wag the dog. Read Biden's Israel Problem.
- Yuna Han, Katharine M. Millar and Martin J. Bayly have authored an article which argues that focusing on the individual and collective experiences of death, loss, and grief is key to understanding the politics arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read .
- Fawaz Gerges discussed how the Israel-Palestine conflict arrived at the bloodshed and bombing we see today and how the two-state solution died a death in the Mirror Online.
- John T. Sidel recently spoke at an online event hosted by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University to launch his book Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia. Watch a recording of the book launch, and read The New Yorker's review of the book.
- PhD candidate Frega F Wenas Inkiriwang recently published an article in The National Bureau of Asian Research as part of the new normal series, about Indonesia's and ASEAN's defence diplomacy in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Recalibrating Indonesia’s Defense Diplomacy for the New Normal.
- Chris Alden has co-authored an article in The European Reivew of Organised Crime about Chinese Transnational Criminal Organisations and the illegal Wildlife Trade in Tanzania (free to read).
- James Ashley Morrison was recently interviewed on the History of Economics Podcast Smith and Marx Walk into a Bar. He speaks about his forthcoming book on the history of the gold standard. Listen to the podcast episode now.
- PhD candidate Vuk Vuksanovic contributed to an article on vaccine diplomacy with a focus on Serbia in particular in PBS Online.
- PhD candidate Asha Herten-Crabb co-authored an article in LSE Public Policy Review making the case for a gender adviser on the UK government’s COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE). This article was also cited in The Guardian. She also co-authored an article on discussions around gender and leadership during COVID-19. Read It's a distraction to focus on the success of individual women leaders during COVID.
- PhD candidate Frega F Wenas Inkiriwang recently published an article in the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs entitled "Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo: Enhancing Indonesia's Multilateral Defence Diplomacy?".
- Michael Cox authored a blog post in which he reflected on our public debate on the crisis of the liberal order with Professors G John Ikenberry, Beate Jahn and John J Mearsheimer.
- PhD candidate David Eichert was featured on a guest episode of the podcast "Bad Gays" to talk about Mormonism, gay history, and the politics of American sex panics.
- Martin Bayly has written an article in The Hindustan Times on India’s history of international relations thinking.
- PhD candidate Alexandros Zachariades published an article in Euronews on the role that Erdogan could play in Cyprus peace talks.
He has also co-authored "Performing identity: The case of the (Greek) Cypriot National Guard” for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.
- Tristen Naylor's journal article "All That's Lost: The hollowing of Summit Diplomacy in a Socially Distanced World" has been mentioned in an article in Quartz on Boris Johnson's cancelled trip to India and the problems with virtual diplomacy.
- Peter Trubowitz has co-authored a new article in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Home Front: Why an Internationalist Foreign Policy Needs a Stronger Domestic Foundation".
- PhD candidate Samuel Dixon reviewed Robert Schuett's recently published book on political scholar Hans Kelsen. Read Open Society Realism.
- PhD student Jack Basu Mellish will be hosting a new podcast The LSE Cold War Podcast, with an interview of Professor Arne Westad, a world-leading Cold War historian.
- PhD student Frega Wenas Inkiriwang has been awarded the MVP Award: Best Academic Contribution (Social Science & Humanities), from the Association of Indonesian Students in the UK (PPI UK).
- Tristen Naylor recently published an article which investigates how the means by which actors compete for position in the management of international society stratifies international order in International Relations.
- Chris Hughes recently published an article on the impact of the internationalisation of higher education on academic freedom in University World News.
- In a recent blog postTomila Lankina discussed her paper, co-authored with Alexander Libman, "The two-pronged middle class: the old bourgeoisie, new state-engineered middle class and democratic development" in American Political Science Review.
- Martin Bayly has published an article in International History Review. Read Lineages of Indian International Relations: The Indian Council on World Affairs, The League of Nations, and the Pedagogy of Internationalism.
- The Wealth Effect. How the Great Expectations of the Middle Class Have Changed the Politics of Banking Crises (2019, Cambridge University Press) by Jeffrey Chwieroth (LSE) and Andrew Walter (University of Melbourne, formerly LSE) has won the International Studies Association International Political Economy Best Book Award 2021.
- PhD candidate Alexandros Zachariades contributed an article to Arab News on internal and external crises Greece faces in the bicentennial year of the Greek War of Independence. Read No dearth of challenges as Greece observes bicentennial of 1821 revolution.
- PhD candidate Vuk Vuksanovic was cited in a VOA News article, speaking about China's vaccine diplomacy. Read China’s Vaccine Sent to Developing Nations May Find Wary Reception.
- Karen E Smith has published an article in International Affairs which explores to what extent emotions play a role in EU foreign policy-making, with reference to EU responses to crises in Ukraine and Myanmar. Read Emotions and EU foreign policy.
- Chris Hughes appeared on LBC Radio to discuss increasing tensions between China and the West.
- Jeffrey Chwieroth has been awarded an LSE Support Fund for his research project 'What shapes public support for COVID-related economic policy interventions? An experimental approach' which will be led in collaboration with academic colleagues from the University of Essex and the University of Melbourne.
- William A Callahan's book Sensible Politics: Visualizing International Relations (Oxford University Press) has been shortlisted for the 2021 BISA Susan Strange Best Book Prize. The Susan Strange Best Book Prize is awarded for an outstanding book published in any field of International Studies. The aim of the Prize is to honour the work of Susan Strange (who was Montague Burton Chair at LSE) and to recognise outstanding current work being conducted in the discipline. The winner will be announced at the BISA annual conference on 21-23 June 2021. For more on the book visit SensiblePolitics.net
- Milli Lake has co-authored a blog post for The Gender, Justice and Security Hub discussing two new pieces of legislation which will enhance policing powers across the UK, and the linkages between legal and state-sanctioned violence and the extralegal/illegal violence perpetrated against women. Read Policing patriarchal violence.
- Robert Falkner gave evidence on environmental diplomacy to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday 16 March 2021. Watch the meeting or read the transcript here.
- PhD Candidate Meg O'Mahony has published a blog article for For Art's Sake on feminist museum practice and her research with LSE and the Imperial War Museums. Read Feminist Museum Practice and the Misnomer of ‘Hidden’ Histories.
- PhD candidate Chris Deacon has recently published an article in The Pacific Review which analyses the discourses of the recent Japan-South Korea trade dispute to theorise the (re)production of the so-called 'history problem' between these countries. Read (Re)producing the 'history problem': memory, identity and the Japan-South Korea trade dispute.
- PhD candidate Bruno Binetti is a consultant for Freedom House on their annual freedom in the world report for Argentina. Read their most recent edition of the Freedom in the World Report.
- Tristen Naylor reflects on the impact of moving the 2020 summit of the G20 online, and the future of digital diplomacy and international summits. Read Diplomacy at a distance: COVID-19's impact on global statecraft.
- Anna Getmansky's latest research on public opinion against Syrian refugees in Turkey has uncovered some unexpected reasons for the negativity. Read Security fears driving hostility towards refugees in Turkey.
- Ellen Holtmaat has written a blog post on how public goodwill harnessed during the pandemic can be leveraged to tackle the climate emergency.
- Ranjit Lall has recently published a paper which proposes a new method for analysing missing data. Read The MIDAS Touch: Accurate and Scalable Missing-Data Imputation with Deep Learning.
- Jurgen Haacke has published an article for The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on where the coup in Myanmar could go from here. Read Military Takeover in Myanmar and the International Community: Past as Prologue.
- William A. Callahan participated in an event with the University of Queensland's Visual Politics Research Program, discussing his project 'Sensible Politics'. Watch a recording of the event.
- Fawaz Gerges spoke to Sky News about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
- Toby Dodge spoke to the Financial Times about the vulnerabilities of the US and its allies in Iraq.
- PhD candidate Vuk Vuksanovic has been quoted in a Guardian article on how states such as Serbia are leveraging geopolitical competition for access to vaccine doses. Vuk also contributed to an article on the geopolitics of 5G in Eastern Europe.
- Benjamin Faude has published a new article which suggests that institutional complexity enhances the resilience of global governance by providing states with a diverse set of governance tools and backup governance tools. Read 'International Institutions in Hard Times: How Complexity Increases Resilience.'
- PhD candidate David Han looks at Singapore's 2020 general elections and its potential implications for Sino-Singapore ties for The Politburo. Read The Impact of Singapore's Domestic Politics in Bilateral Relations with China.
- PhD candidate Stephen Paduano and CIS Fellow Ashley T Lenihan have contributed to a report from LSE IDEAS on how Western countries urgently need to develop a coordinated response to China’s growing dominance in the development of new technology. Read more here.
- PhD candidate Vuk Vuksanovic has written an article on the Franco-Serbian relationship. Read France has become Serbia's new best friend in the EU in Euronews.
- Robert Falkner has recently published a chapter on 'Global Environmental Responsibility in International Society' in The Rise of Responsibility in World Politics, ed. by Hannes Hansen-Magnusson and Antje Vetterlein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
- Tarak Barkawi has been appointed to the Research Excellence Framework panel on Politics and International Studies.
- Fawaz Gerges discussed Palestinian rights in an article in History Today on whether the normalisation of Arab-US relations will lead to long-term change. Read A Historic Turning Point in Arab-Israeli Relations?
- A report by Martin Bayly, Katharine Millar and Yuna Han which recommends a national COVID-19 remembrance day has been cited in a BBC Future article. They say that commemorating COVID-19 deaths would 'recognise loss and trauma and suffering,' and that committing losses to public memory would improve our awareness of pandemic risk in the future. Read How to heal the 'mass trauma' of COVID-19 on the BBC website.
- PhD candidate Lana Bilalova has published a blog post looking at the role that social media plays in anti-government protests in Russia. Read it here.
- Jurgen Haacke talked to Euronews Tonight on 3 February 2021 about the coup in Myanmar. Watch it here.
- James Walters is part of LSE Religion and Global Society Research Unit which has been awarded a £1.4m three-year grant to support innovative research at the intersection of religion and critical global challenges and the training of 300 interfaith global leaders. Read about the Global Religious Pluralities Project.
- A new report from LSE IDEAS, co-authored by PhD candidate Stephen Paduano, finds that Western countries urgently need to develop a coordinated response to China’s growing dominance in the development of new technology. Read a summary of Protect, Constrain, Contest: Approaches for coordinated transatlantic economic and technological competition with China and access the full report.
- Ellen Holtmaat held a discussion of Modern Monetary Theory with Professor Richard Murphy (City University London) and Professor Cédric Tille (Graduate Institute in Geneva). Watch a recording of the discussion.
- Fawaz Gerges has been quoted in an article in The Independent on the prospect of instability in the Middle East and North Africa. Read How hope is vanishing 10 years after the Arab Spring.
- Peter Wilson has contributed a chapter on 'Sovereignty, law and international society: the contribution of C.A.W. Manning' to a new book edited by Cornelia Navari entitled International society: the English School - Trends in European IR Theory.
- Peter Trubowitz has been cited in a Euronews article on EU-US relations, and has written a post on Biden’s likely foreign policy priorities for The LSE US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy.
- Tomila Lankina has written an LSE blog post on Alexei Navalny, mass protests in Russia, and how western leaders and businesses should reflect on their own relationship with the country. Read Putin, Russia, and the moral imperative of the West.
- Milli Lake has co-authored an article summarising the Qualitative Transparency Deliberations - a three-year deliberative process which involved hundreds of political scientists in a broad discussion of data sharing, replicability, and other forms of openness. Read her tweet thread summarising the article, and access the article here.
- Katharine Millar has co-authored a United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research report exploring how gender norms shape specific activities pertaining to cybersecurity design, defence and response. Read Gender Approaches to Cybersecurity.
- Fawaz Gerges has been cited in two articles: one discussing demonstrations in Tunisia, and another discussing whether Biden’s Middle East policy will prioritise human rights.
- PhD candidate Giovanni Angioni has contributed on two chapters/case studies about democratic backsliding in Poland and Greece in a new book by Stephan Haggard, Susan Strange Professor for Michaelmas Term 2018-19, and Robert Kaufman. Read Backsliding: Democratic Regress in the Contemporary World.
- PhD candidate Marnie Howlett has published a journal article which explores methodological and epistemological questions around conducting fieldwork remotely through reflections on conducting online research during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Looking at the ‘field’ through a Zoom lens: Methodological reflections on conducting online research during a global pandemic.
- Peter Wilson reflects on the history of the Montague Burton Chair in the department and its meaning to the School and the wider field. Read it on our department blog.
- Toby Dodge argues that an informal consociational elite bargain was placed at the centre of post-invasion attempts at transition and peacebuilding in Iraq in a new journal article. Read ‘The failure of peacebuilding in Iraq; the role of consociationalism and political settlements’.
- Peter Trubowitz lays out how Biden should forge a united democratic front on China, and outlines opportunities and risks for a new administration as the EU signs an investment accord with the country. Read A China Strategy to Reunite America's Allies.
- Milli Lake writes about her experience of what happens when research findings challenge the work that policymakers are invested in promoting, in a new blog post for Duck of Minerva, co-authored with her fellow co-founder and principal investigator of the Women’s Rights After War Project. Read it here.
- Tristen Naylor talks about globalisation in an increasingly divided world, and other big questions in contemporary international relations. Watch the interview here.
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