Abe's attempts to seek support from South Korea for a common stance towards China, the regional giant, have also been thwarted by Park's own moves to develop a closer relationship, said John Swenson-Wright.
'While a Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine can by no means be excluded, Putin must surely calculate that it would be a poor and risky option,' said Roderic Lyne.
'The balance of power is very heavily tilted towards the regime and it doesn't look like it's going to change,' said Nadim Shehadi. 'I don’t think it’s useful to follow little battles…. Overall, I think the regime definitely has the upper hand because of the backing it has and the lack of backing for the opposition.'
Turkey is a vivid illustration that personality-based top-down governance and fragile institutions are not a recipe for political maturity and lasting economic success, writes Fadi Hakura.
'Young kids from Iraq go to Iran, they’ve never used a gun in their life before, they get trained for two weeks and then they send them to the front lines in Syria,' said Hayder al-Khoei.
'Military manoeuvre capability … takes us generations to create and we may need it sooner than we think,' the head of the army General Sir Peter Wall told a meeting earlier this month hosted by Chatham House.
'The Sultan has taken a number of steps to respond to some of the grievances articulated by protesters, and the current corruption crackdown would seem to be part of this,' said Jane Kinninmont.
It is the spread of information rather than microbes that poses the biggest bioterrorism threat today, concluded a panel of experts at Chatham House.
'The president has very little credibility on this issue, since he approved the law which allowed this ban to happen; it seems he and the prime minister are playing a good cop/bad cop routine,' said Fadi Hakura.