Militia fighters have begun to withdraw from Tripoli following the worst bout of violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. 'The question is, the degree to which the militia are going to agree to leave the capital. After all, they’ve been the most significant players, arguably, in Libya, since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi,' says Jon Marks.
'[Ukraine’s leaders] think they can play the EU game by rewriting laws, by mimicry and manipulation, and making certain changes that are in their interests, but not touching the rest of [the system]. But they feel that integrating with Russia is something else. It’s about Russian domination,' said James Sherr.
Charu Lata Hogg said the Commonwealth’s decision not to tackle the issue head-on damaged its credibility. 'The fact that there wasn’t even a public statement about the situation of human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka gives a strong signal about the state of the Commonwealth,' she said.
'Israel will keep telling the French president that Iran is an existential threat and, in the way the Israeli leadership sees the world, Iran is an existential threat,' said Yossi Mekelberg. 'They would like to hammer home that, at the end of the day, no lifting of sanctions should take place before there is real and verified progress.'
'Lectures about compensation, reparations and the like will produce nothing but antipathy among developed country policy makers,' said Todd Stern, US special envoy for climate change, in a speech last month at Chatham House.
Political turmoil in Egypt and Syria, along with Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, revealed the vulnerability of Gulf Cooperation Council nations to supply disruptions, Chatham House said in a study this month.
Gambia has become the latest African country to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Swaziland, however, continues to hold out despite the potential cost to its desperately weak economy. 'Swaziland's long-standing ties with Taiwan are likely to continue, preventing the emergence of closer relations with China and the investment this could bring,' says a report by Chatham House.
'The Commonwealth suspended Zimbabwe, Pakistan, South Africa, but they haven't managed to build consensus and take a decision on Sri Lanka. What's happening in Sri Lanka is certainly an assault on democracy and fundamental rights and human rights indeed,' Charu Lata Hogg told CNN.
Three factors — a lingering economic crisis, immigration concerns and a collapse of trust in the established political elite — have combined to create something of a perfect storm for far right and Euroskeptic populists, writes Matthew Goodwin.