'Africa has changed, and so has France,' said Paul Melly, noting Hollande has been at pains to secure international, and particularly African, backing for recent military interventions. 'Everyone can see where Hollande is coming from – he has made a big point about communicating with other African partners,' he said.
Robin Niblett said that the obvious security risk is that from 'the broad space of international terrorism'. While language skills alone will not stop those threats, they can allow the people responsible for the UK's security to prepare and respond.
'I don’t see any prospect of China stopping its defense identification zone or indeed of the US pulling back from its position of principle about the ability of military aircraft to fly in international air space,' Rod Wye tells Voice of Russia.
Michael Keating said it was 'not that surprising' that many Afghans were wary of coming face-to-face with troops. 'It's not a very relaxing experience,' he said. However, Keating also pointed out that Afghans in some parts of the country 'do not want [Western forces] to leave.'
According to a report by Chatham House, Nigeria's crude oil is being stolen on an industrial scale. The organization estimates that the country lost at least 100,000 barrels of oil per day, or around 5 percent of total production.
'[Cyber security technology] is a lot like the arms race,' says David Livingstone. 'You invest and develop something and then someone on the other side responds. What you want to do is slow down how fast your foe develops equivalent technologies.'
Bashar al-Assad has 'no interest in a political solution to the conflict in Syria' while those 'with blood on their hands' should be sent to face justice at the international criminal court, the Qatari foreign minister said in a speech at Chatham House.
In a speech at Chatham House, Qatar's foreign minister, Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, has condemned international efforts to seek a negotiated solution to the Syrian civil war, warning that President Bashar al-Assad should face a war crimes trial, not the conference table.