Last October, [opposition candidate Henrique Capriles] capitalized on public cynicism and exhaustion with Chávez's long stay in office. It's no longer enough to run on his opponent's failings. 'He will have to make it clearer than he did last time which policies he will maintain and which he will scrap,' says Victor Bulmer-Thomas.
Heather Williams said images like the Capitol and New York explosions fitted the theme of previous propaganda from Pyongyang, but added 'at the same time, it's a more serious situation than we have seen in quite a while'.
The lives of ordinary Iraqis, in terms of the relationship to their state and their economy, are comparable to the situation they faced in the country before regime change, said Toby Dodge in a report written for Chatham House.
Victor Bulmer-Thomas said that [Cristina] Fernández [de Kirchner] would no doubt try to use Francis's previous statements as propaganda but it was unlikely he would enter the debate.
If the West were willing to deploy the same amount of air power [as in Libya], then perhaps sending arms would actually end the Syria conflict more quickly but given that they are not willing to commit that kind of fire power... all they are doing is they are pouring fuel into the fire of the civil war, says Christopher Phillips.
Right now, 'the level of finance is too low to energise' developing countries, said Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, South Africa's ambassador-at-large for climate change, during a meeting on Monday at Chatham House.
They [the islanders] know very well that the commitment which Britain makes to the Falklands cannot ever be completely unconditional, says Victor Bulmer-Thomas.
'At present market fragmentation is severely disrupting the transmission of ECB monetary policy,' [ECB Vice President Vitor] Constancio said during a speech at Chatham House.
Like any prudent banker protecting his investments, China will be prepared to work with any Venezuelan government, knowing that it will probably have little choice but to keep China sweet, writes Roderic Wye.