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The politics of vague: Leveraging ambiguity in foreign relations

Ambiguity contributes to global uncertainty and risks, but can be a force for good when practised consensually.

Pallative medicine: A Ukrainian serviceman firing his gun in the direction of Russia-backed separatists during night combat near the southeastern city of Mariupol on June 10.


AMBIGUOUS behaviour, doctrines and statements have gained popularity as foreign policy instruments among great and smaller powers alike over the last decade. Ambiguity - intentional lack of clarity about one's goals and plans - has contributed to the rise of unpredictability and...

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