Dr Renad Mansour
ISIS Is Still in Business
Despite its defeat on the battlefield, ISIS is using Iraq’s black market to stockpile millions of dollars to fuel its coming insurgency.
Dr Urvashi Aneja
A Digital India Must Embrace the Circular Economy
A growing amount of e-waste should draw attention to the broader sustainability of a digital society.
Changing Sponsors Won’t Solve Pakistan’s Problems
Islamabad has always sought outside support to pay for its foreign and defence policy, tying itself in knots to secure funding. A Pakistan that can fund itself would be better for both the country and its partners.
Dr Sanam Vakil
What to Know About the Protests in Iran
Sanam Vakil breaks down what sparked the unrest, how it affects President Hassan Rouhani’s position and what happens next.
Dr Alex Vines OBE
Mixed Outlook for Africa in 2018
Africa’s political and economic trends, as well as its security arrangements, will continue to diverge in the coming year.
Dr Michael Edelstein
Diphtheria's Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure
With stronger, more resilient healthcare systems accessible to all, there would be less need for emergency response to disease outbreaks such as diphtheria.
Ramaphosa Has Won the Battle. But Can He Win the War?
Cyril Ramaphosa is taking charge of South Africa’s ruling party, the ANC, at its weakest point in post-apartheid history. Expectations couldn’t be higher.
What Can Boris Johnson Offer the Kremlin on his Christmas Visit to Moscow?
The UK Foreign Secretary faces the unenviable task of being sent into an unfriendly zone, during a particularly toxic period of relations, and needing to tread a fine line with a sophisticated opponent, who wants something he cannot give.
Natasha W. Kimani
Kenya: Still No Country for Women
President Kenyatta will soon present his list of nominees for cabinet and principal secretaries - a great opportunity to demonstrate his government’s commitment to enhancing gender equality in Kenya.
China Will Be Crucial to Creating a Global Circular Economy
Shifting towards a more circular economy focused on reuse, remanufacturing and recycling may provide an urgent boost to growth and jobs in developing countries, and China can play a leading role.
Russia’s New Strategy for Caspian Relations
In anticipation of a long-awaited final agreement on the international status of the Caspian Sea, Russia has started testing a new approach to its relations with the other four littoral states.
The World Bank Won't Back Oil and Gas - What Now?
The decision to end finance to upstream oil and gas marks a turning point for development assistance.
UN Libya Talks Have a Narrow Window to Avoid Stalemate
Protracted negotiations over the formation of an interim government risk derailing the UN action plan.
Professor Matthew Goodwin
In 2018, Europe’s Populist Challenges Will Continue
Despite the ‘Macron moment’, traditional politics remains under pressure across the continent.
Brexit Makes It Even More Difficult for the UK to Deal With Russia
Russia’s leaders do not consider the UK to be their country’s equal in the global system. This creates problems for British policymakers – which Brexit is aggravating.
Dr Robin Niblett CMG
Finding a Sensible Brexit
A ‘soft’ Brexit might be a good economic outcome for the UK, but it is not politically viable. Instead, a ‘sensible’ Brexit, which retains the best possible levels of access to the EU’s single market but secures the return of sovereign rights, is the way forward.
Dr Farzana Shaikh
Spectre of Blasphemy Allegations Returns to Pakistan
The elected government has again failed to assert its authority against unconstitutional forces claiming to act in the name of Islam.
Dr Ann Marie Kimball MPH, FACPM
In Wake of Ebola, West Africa Must Seize Opportunity to Build Better Public Health Systems
Money and international attention have flowed to the region since the outbreak. Now it must build on extensive planning to protect both this very vulnerable region and the rest of the world.
Hospitals That Act as Modern-day Debtor Prisons Deny Rights and Dignity
Hundreds of thousands of people are detained in hospitals against their will each year. Their crime? Being too poor to pay their medical bills. Robert Yates examines two practical steps that countries can take to eliminate this practice.
Can Africa and the EU Forge a Partnership of Equals?
Building a new Africa–EU relationship based on mutual respect and collective decision-making presents a huge challenge.