'In terms of international forward planning, no one else comes close to Mandela’s funeral,' said Alex Vines. 'JFK framed a generation; Mandela does the same for the current generation of people in their late 30s and over.'
Rob Bailey has argued that antagonism between the west and al-Shabaab contributed to the group's catastrophic decision to expel the UN's World Food Programme in 2010, and a further 16 UN agencies and international NGOs for 'illicit activities and misconduct' the following year.
'Putin’s blackmail has exposed his methods. He now looks more worried, uncooperative and anxious to contain European attraction in what he claims to be Russia’s natural ‘sphere of privileged interests,’ He is repeating the same mistakes again,' wrote Marie Mendras.
'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.'