Moldova: The Captured State on Europe’s Edge
Twenty-five years after independence, Moldova still suffers from corruption and institutional failure. Only the EU can hold the government coalition accountable for reform.
Al-Qaeda Shifts Back to Suicide in Syria
The group’s increased territorial losses have amplified its dependence on suicide tactics to regain momentum.
Dr Wim Muller
China and the WTO: How US Unpredictability Jeopardizes a Decade and a Half of Success
China’s 15 years of membership have been marked by increasing acceptance and engagement with multilateralism. But a shaken trade landscape significantly complicates further engagement.
Dr Paola Subacchi
China’s Dollar Trap
Caught between competing priorities and the strength of the US currency, the renminbi will have limited chances to further develop into a full-fledged global currency.
Michael Gove on the Trouble With Experts
The former cabinet minister and Brexit campaigner explains why he always looks for the dissenting voice.
Wilbur Ross Is in the Driver’s Seat on US Trade Policy – For Now
But is a fallout between Donald Trump and the new commerce secretary inevitable?
Wood Is Not a Carbon-Neutral Energy Source
Treating it as such – and supporting it with subsidies, as the UK and many other EU member states do – is a flawed path to climate action.
Dr Mohammed Masbah
North Africa’s Islamist Parties Provide Important Lessons in Secularization
In Morocco and Tunisia, political inclusion has led to not just moderation, but an increasing acceptance of the separation between religion and politics.
McMaster Appointment Could Bolster US Line on Russia
Whatever his personal relationships in Russia, Donald Trump has now filled key US national security positions with individuals who understand the dangers of rapprochement on Moscow’s terms.
Syrian Rebels Are Pushing Back Against Their Patrons
The increased strategic differences between Syrian rebels and regional powers are pushing them apart.