For the UK, a Feminist Foreign Policy Is Both the Right Thing to Do and Smart Strategy
Adopting a foreign policy that prioritizes gender equality and human rights could help define post-Brexit Britain as a positive force in the world.
Dr Farzana Shaikh
Sharif Ruling Threatens Pakistan's Already Brittle Institutions
The use of Islamic injunctions to dismiss the prime minister could set a bad precedent and undermine democracy.
Dr Jacob Parakilas
Gulf Crisis Exposes the Weakness of Trump’s ‘Unpredictability’
The US president’s lack of interest in telegraphing his positions in advance may work in business, but it has a debilitating effect on policymaking.
Nicole El Khawaja
Look to Social Media for the Gulf’s Burgeoning Debates
The buzzing online activity around the current regional crisis demonstrates that social media is a crucial tool for political messaging in the GCC.
Professor Yossi Mekelberg
Unrest in Jerusalem Encapsulates the Ills of Israel and Palestine
The agreement reached by Israel and Jordan may defuse the current tensions but will not guarantee long-term calm and stability.
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.
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.
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 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.