Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince Promises Reforms to Everything Except Politics
Mohammed bin Salman feels no pressure to reform his country's politics – but the opposition he faces won't be muted forever.
Facing Brexit: Ireland, Northern Ireland and the EU
Simon Coveney, Republic of Ireland minister for foreign affairs and trade, speaks with Jason Naselli about his government's approach to the border, the Conservative/DUP deal and the 'Brexit bill'.
Professor Steve Tsang
China, Liu Xiaobo and the New Reality of Human Rights
Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Nobel laureate and human rights campaigner, died on 13 July while serving an 11-year prison sentence for ‘subversion’. Steve Tsang tells Jason Naselli that the reaction to Liu’s death reflects the growing confidence of the Chinese government that it can ignore Western criticism.
Oil Price and Russian Pressure Put Azerbaijan’s Strategic Gas Project at Risk
The Southern Gas Corridor has come under stress from faltering finances and competing energy initiatives.
Making Refugee Aid Add Up in Greece
As other countries affected by the refugee crisis are finding, only by taking the long view can Greece make sure that some of the aid leaves a legacy.
Lenio (Eleni) Capsaskis
Integrating Refugees into the Greek Health System Will Benefit Both Newcomers and Their Hosts
Focus and funding needs to move from emergency response model focused only on NGOs towards building a more comprehensive and inclusive national health system.
Dr John Nilsson-Wright
North Korea Missile Test Exposes How Trump Has Overplayed His Hand
By bringing Alaska within range of Pyongyang's weapons, the new test is an unambiguous game-changer in both symbolical and practical terms.
Dr Sanam Vakil
Total’s Iran Deal Gives Rouhani Space to Push Reform
The time is now for European governments and international companies to ignore distractions from Washington and the Gulf countries and encourage economic reform in Tehran.
Gulf Crisis Is Leading to Difficult Choices in the Horn of Africa
Tensions between the Gulf states are pushing their neighbours and partners into choosing sides.
Professor Kerry Brown
‘Hong Kong is now in the hands of its people – they cannot rely on others to stick up for them now.’
Kerry Brown on ‘one country, two systems’, the UK’s diminishing influence and the territory’s future, 20 years after the handover.
Chokepoints and Food Security Threats: A Closer Look
Laura Wellesley, Conor Walsh and Andrew E. Tucci speak to Gitika Bhardwaj to discuss the importance of ‘chokepoints’ in the global food trade.
Dr Tim Summers
Twenty Years After Hong Kong Handover, Does ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Still Work?
This unique constitutional framework can endure – if Hong Kong society can reconcile its different visions of the future.
Dr Christopher Smart
Why We Need a Transatlantic Charter for Data Security and Mobility
Setting common guidelines for data flows is crucial both to protect the goods and services that already depend on big data and to support the next generation of productivity gains and business opportunities.
Egypt's Sisi Gives With One Hand, and Takes Away With the Other
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has announced extra spending on social benefits to mitigate the impact of economic reforms, but restrictions on civil society are becoming ever tighter.
Dr Robin Niblett CMG
Britain's Key Task Is to Achieve a Soft Transition to a Hard Brexit
A sensible Brexit that minimizes damage to the economy requires a soft transition – with the UK remaining temporarily in the single market and customs union – through to the inevitable hard outcome.
Dr Nigel Gould-Davies
Russia’s Economic Security Strategy Has Become an Internal Critique
What was conceived as a response to the West highlights the country’s weaknesses and strategic tensions over how to approach the global economy.
Lessons from Kenya’s New, Chinese-funded Railway
Despite cost concerns, Kenya’s deal shows that infrastructure agreements with China can be made fairer for citizens of partner countries. Its neighbours should take note.
Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Is the GCC Worth Belonging To?
The longer the current crisis in the Gulf continues, the more Qatar and others may begin to question the utility of an organization that appears hopelessly split and powerless to restrain its members.
Dr Sanam Vakil
What to Know About the Tehran Terror Attacks
Iran will now be doubling down on its Middle East policy.
Dr Mina Toksoz
The Turkish Economy Is Struggling with Political Volatility
Turkey’s current economic policy-mix is untenable in the long term.