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.
Yemen's Future Looks Grim After Saleh Killing
The former president was a divisive figure, but he was also the person most likely to be able to broker some kind of settlement.
Australia Struggles to Chart a Course Between the US and China
A new foreign policy outline is an anxious call for engagement, but Canberra remains short on answers.
Forest Governance Provides UK With a Valuable Model for Expanding Sustainable Trade
As Britain looks to deepen trade links with developing countries post-Brexit, it will need to build on initiatives like the FLEGT programme.
Dr John Nilsson-Wright
North Korea's Tight Line Between Deterrence and Escalation
During the Cold War, nuclear strategists frequently asked 'how much is enough' to guarantee deterrence and the security of the nation. Planners in Pyongyang may be asking the same question now.
How to Support South Sudan’s High Level Revitalization Forum
Without setting clear expectations for the upcoming peace forum, the international community risks allowing the regional mediation to fail, exacerbating the conflict in South Sudan.
Rebuilding Zimbabwe's Economy: Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Immediate Priorities
Zimbabwe cannot expect to rebuild in the same economic model that brought previous prosperity.
Russia’s New State Armament Programme Offers a Glimpse at Military Priorities
The bi-annual ‘Sochi meetings’ highlighted the goals and difficulties of the Kremlin’s plans for Russia’s military industry.