Russia's leaders may not be flat-out ignoring the serious damage that endemic corruption does to the country. But the sheer scale and entrenched nature of the problem mean a dedicated, system-wide fight remains one of President Vladimir Putin's most daunting tasks, writes Andrew Monaghan.
Syrian peace talks are promising, but much will need to be agreed (and a few Gordian Knots sliced) before there can be a lasting peace, writes Michael Williams.
Elephant poaching is at the highest level since a period of legal ivory trade in the 1980s that more than halved Africa’s population of the world’s largest mammals before a global ban on cross-border elephant ivory trade was approved, according to the study by Alex Vines and Katherine Lawson.
'It's one of the few successful cooperations between NATO and the Russians,' said Keir Giles. 'Otherwise Russian officials have been very reticent about sharing practical details of how they are securing the Games.'
The meeting is one of the highest-level gatherings to date to tackle the illegal ivory trade, which is estimated to be worth £12bn a year and has seen activity more than double since 2007, according to a Chatham House report published on Wednesday.
'It is hard to see the militants retaking control of the north, but they have the capacity to continue causing trouble for a long time, said Paul Melly.