'For the Kremlin, the successful implementation of an EU-type, rules-based, values-driven model of the economy and politics [in ex-Soviet republics] would directly threaten the supposedly distinctive . . . model of governance that is currently upheld by Moscow,' says James Sherr. 'We really now have two different normative jurisdictions in Europe. That’s the new dividing line of Europe, and the question is where the border is.'
UKIP is attracting historically unprecedented levels of coverage for a minor party. Matthew Goodwin, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Robert Ford, authors of the forthcoming book Revolt on the Right, examines just how prominent Nigel Farage and UKIP are in British media.
In the short-term, the most significant threat to GCC food security relates to supply. The Gulf countries are surrounded by a series of maritime “choke points” – busy, narrow passages vulnerable to disruption or closure - which most food imports must pass through. The worst case scenario for the GCC is some form of regional conflict closing multiple choke points for a sustained period, writes Rob Bailey.
Instability in the Middle East is the biggest threat to the Arabian Gulf’s fragile food security, according to a report by Chatham House.
The six GCC countries currently consume more primary energy than the whole of Africa despite the fact that their total population is just a 20th of the size of Africa’s, reports Chatham House.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries depend on imports for 80-90 percent of their food, and most of it has to be brought in through two shipping routes that could close due to regional conflicts or political pressure, Chatham House warned.
Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change... argued, in a speech at Chatham House, for a large degree of flexibility in the talks, allowing nations to set their own emissions targets. He suggested that rather than a rigid system like the Kyoto protocol, putting pressure on countries through the weight of public opinion could be more effective.
Instability in the Middle East is the biggest threat to food security in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, because most of their imports must pass through maritime choke points, Chatham House said.
It is not usual for these meetings to have the same level of rhetoric as this one, so it does heighten expectations, said Tim Summers.