There is only one likely outcome for Baghdad's military offensive to reclaim Tikrit: defeat for Islamic State, writes Hayder al-Khoei.
Prospects for Iran’s Oil and Gas Sector
Iran’s oil and gas sector remains critical to the country’s economic prospects. Its future depends not only on the removal of sanctions but also on the terms Iran is prepared to offer to international oil companies, writes Paul Stevens.
Richard Branson and Nick Clegg on Drugs Policy
Richard Branson and Nick Clegg spoke with Robin Niblett about how drugs policy can be reformed and how to take the lead internationally on a public health approach to drugs.
Myanmar’s Troubled Path to Reform
While this year's elections in Myanmar are likely to be the freest in decades, more work is needed to consolidate democracy, improve governance and promote stability, writes Michael Williams.
Stagnation, Sanctions and Economic Reform in Russia
While Russia may have ‘won’ Crimea, and may even succeed in ensuring that Ukraine is not ‘won’ by the West, the price of victory may be a deterioration in long-term prospects for socio-economic development, writes Richard Connolly.
Election Puts Sharper Focus on UK's European Puzzle
A richer discussion on the EU, its virtues and its vices, is a good thing, as long as it can move beyond disputed statistics and caricatures, writes Thomas Raines.
Chatham House Report
Future Trends in the Gulf
The reshaping of relations between citizens and state in the Gulf will be fundamental to the future security of countries in the region and how they relate to Western partners, writes Jane Kinninmont in a major new Chatham House report.
Yemen and the Saudi-Iranian 'Cold War'
The conflict in Yemen is primarily driven by local issues, but the competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia for regional power continues to exacerbate the situation and influence the calculations of both sides, writes Peter Salisbury.
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'Governments have missed many opportunities to cooperate over water that might have allowed a more effective response to the drought in Syria.'
Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources