Disputes between resource groups and governments are likely to keep increasing as commodity prices fall and companies slash spending on new projects, according to a report by Chatham House.
Make no mistake: unless we chart another course this 'debate' will have serious and long-term effects on our politics, and the already fragile link that binds our citizens to the democratic arena, writes Matthew Goodwin.
'If for whatever reason the BSA doesn't happen, then the political support in Washington for subsidizing the Afghan state is likely to be very badly dented, if not collapse. Afghanistan's national budget is 90 percent dependent on overseas development assistance, so this is very serious stuff,' said Michael Keating.
Alex Vines said the rumours followed Culture Minister Rosa Cruz e Silva's announcement last week that the government would crack down on 'sects'. The measure 'was targeting mostly Brazil-style evangelical groups that have mushroomed across Angola', according to Vines.
International media reports that Angola has banned Islam highlight once again poor communication and clumsy policy by the Angolan authorities, and how ill thought through policies are distorted by Angolan social media, the opposition and the international press, writes Alex Vines.
According to analysts the clamp down of recent protests showed signs of nerves in the ruling MPLA party. '(It shows) growing insecurity and paranoia, which will only increase until the political succession of Dos Santos is resolved,' said Alex Vines.
According to a new report the UK’s language skills crisis is embarrassing for the diplomatic and security services and can have tragic consequences. According to Dr Robin Niblett, who chaired the panel who produced the report, whatever the source of new diplomats and security personnel recruited, there is no doubt that without them, Britain may indeed be 'lost for words' in international diplomacy.
There is outrage and anger towards US government among big Silicon Valley firms, said Facebook's Director of Policy in Europe, Richard Allen, speaking at a conference at Chatham House. Also speaking at the conference were Google's Eric Schmidt and Joel F Brenner, former Senior Counsel at the NSA. (34:33)
Political pluralism will better hold leadership decisions to account and provide a better basis for development strategies to lift many more of Mozambique’s citizens out of poverty, writes Alex Vines.