Dr Alex Vines OBE
Mugabe’s Fall Is a Wake-Up Call for Africa’s Leaders
The continent’s long-standing leaders will come under increasing pressure to demonstrate their societal value. Some will become more oppressive; others may conclude that their time has expired.
South Africa Needs a Strategic Vision for Its Continent
South Africa has the potential to catalyse growth across its sub-region and the continent, but the government must develop a comprehensive strategy that aligns political, ideological and commercial interests.
Dr Knox Chitiyo
Mugabe’s Departure Ushers in a Heady New Era for Zimbabwe
The country is experiencing an almost unprecedented convergence, with traditional political, economic and social fault lines bridged as Zimbabweans make common cause for change.
Dr Champa Patel
After Crackdown, Where Does Cambodia Go From Here?
In the short term, the country looks unlikely to escape one-party rule. But internal and external pressures on the leadership will continue to build.
EU Should Seek Further Reforms Before Offering Membership to Eastern Neighbours
The EU should reiterate firm support for current commitments and for European integration via genuine democratic transformations before promising a path to membership.
Abandoning the Eastern Partnership Would Be a Terrible Act of Self-Harm for Poland
By turning its back on Poland’s leadership role in eastern Europe, the ruling Law and Justice Party is jeopardizing the country’s security and its standing in the EU.
With Deadlines Approaching, Climate Negotiations Adjust to Life Beyond Trump
Rob Bailey speaks with Gitika Bhardwaj in a two-part interview about the recently concluded round of climate negotiations and the importance of agreeing a Paris 'rulebook' next year.
Dr Alex Vines OBE
How Influential Is China in Zimbabwe?
A trip to Beijing by Zimbabwe's military chief was a 'normal military exchange', China's foreign ministry said after the army seized power in Harare. Alex Vines examines the extent of China's influence in Zimbabwe.
Trump May Be a Good Fit for Southeast Asia’s Strongmen
If they just buy a few more American products, the region’s leaders are likely to find a friend in the US president.
Calls for Biafran Independence Return to South East Nigeria
A fresh insurrection by Biafra secessionists would plunge the country into deeper insecurity.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Shakeup Is More Than a Power Play
High-profile arrests reflect the Saudi crown prince’s emerging brand of authoritarian populism for the post-oil era.
Kenya Election Fallout Makes Institutional Challenges Impossible to Ignore
Without political compromise, support for the judiciary and steps to tackle police abuses, Kenya faces a turbulent future.
Yemen’s Health Crisis: How The World’s Largest Cholera Outbreak Unfolded
Despite warnings, the country’s public health crisis has exceeded predictions. Rachel Thompson examines why.
Dr Gareth Price
Is India Getting Serious About Dialogue in Kashmir?
Complications abound, but it now appears that the Indian government may at least have a plan.
Dr Max du Plessis
Time to Resolve the Debate Over Immunity and the International Criminal Court
The dispute between the African Union and the ICC over Omar al-Bashir highlights the need for a conclusive determination on the legal issues.
Dr Nigel Gould-Davies
After Year of Mourning, Thailand’s Divisions Remain
The country faces a series of interlocking uncertainties: over the evolution of its distinctive form of systemic legitimacy, the monarchy’s relationship to the military and the prospects of democracy in a deeply divided society.
Dame Rosalind Marsden
US Must Keep a Close Watch on Sudan After Easing Sanctions
The next phase of Western engagement should focus on human rights, peace and democracy.
Kyrgyz Election Shows There Is Another Way Forward in Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan’s contested presidential election campaign mirrored the complexities of the country’s brittle democracy. The new president will need a deft touch for the challenges ahead.
Donbas Peacekeepers Proposal a Classic Putin Gambit
Is Moscow laying ‘the perfect trap’ for Ukraine?
Maritime Cyber Security: No Substitute for Testing
When no defence is completely effective against cyberattacks, it is vital to test responses to the inevitable incursions.