Russia’s key goal is to be accepted as a superpower to partner the US, as is happening in the Iran talks. Being sidelined and ignored, as when the Obama administration saw Russia as no more than a regional irritant, is worse than being seen as an enemy, writes Alan Philps.
According to a recent report by Chatham House, instability in the Middle East is the biggest threat to the Arabian Gulf’s fragile food security.
'Anybody who’s trying to be in charge of any of the reconstruction would look to industry as being an important area to get moving again,' said David Butter.
'In the 1960s, it was the height of decolonialization. Many countries were decolonizing from their imperial past,' said Alex Vines. 'In the 1980s, you had the apartheid regime in South Africa increasingly in crisis, but you also had heightened anxieties of the Cold War and the growth of international terrorism,' said Vines.
'What's surprising about today's booing is that it wasn't a political rally. It shows that grass roots South Africans are very frustrated at his behaviour,' said Alex Vines.
'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.'