Moldova’s Proposed Electoral Change Is a Blow to Democracy. The EU Must Oppose It.
A proposal to change to a mixed electoral system in Moldova would entrench corruption and harm the young democracy. EU and other Western governments should use their economic clout to stop it.
What Does Emmanuel Macron’s Victory Mean for Europe and for Brexit?
His win in the French presidential election has been greeted with relief and enthusiasm across Europe but is a mixed blessing for Theresa May.
Dr Lina Khatib
Putin’s ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria Are Nothing of the Kind
Far from a breakthrough, the Astana agreement is a thinly veiled pretext to increase Russian and Iranian influence.
Lord Ricketts on Emmanuel Macron and the Future of Europe
The former British ambassador to France explores what Macron’s victory in the French presidential election means for France, the EU and the Brexit negotiations, in an interview with Thomas Farrar.
Dr Neil Quilliam
Israel Risks a Brutal Intifada If It Lets Palestinian Hunger Strikers Die
The Israeli government and Marwan Barghouti, the leader of the striking prisoners, are playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship.
Dr Sanam Vakil
Will ‘Resistance’ Carry the Day in Iran’s Election?
The Supreme Leader and conservative candidates are playing on old fears of international interference in an attempt to see off reform in the Islamic Republic.
Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Trump's Rhetoric Is Eroding America's Moral Authority
In a mere three months, the president has managed to cast a shadow over the United States, raising grave doubts as to whether America is any longer fit to lead the free world.
Dr Georges Fahmi
Why Aren’t More Muslim Brothers Turning to Violence?
Even in the face of Egypt’s growing security crackdown, the Muslim Brotherhood’s history, leadership and understanding of the costs of violence have kept its membership remarkably peaceful.
Professor Ben Saul
US Missile Strikes Expose the Untenable Status Quo in International Law
The strikes on Syria, in response to chemical weapons attacks on civilians, were politically well-received but contrary to international law – raising difficult questions about the adequacy of the law to prevent atrocities, and how to pursue meaningful reform.
Dr Angelos Chryssogelos
Elections Are the New Battleground of International Politics
The past year has proved that the public can no longer be excluded from global statecraft.
Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Looking Very Predictable
Despite much hype to the contrary, the president’s foreign policy is conforming to pattern, constrained by clearly identifiable factors – domestic, international and personality driven.
Healthcare Should Not Become a Casualty of War
The so-called ‘weaponization of health’, in Syria and elsewhere, must be stopped.
Professor Matthew Goodwin
Theresa May’s Snap Election Isn’t All About Brexit
It’s also about demonstrating that the prime minister is in control.
Trump Has Sent a Message That Chemical Weapons Won't Go Unpunished
Last week’s US missile strikes won’t bring the Syrian conflict closer to resolution - but they still served a purpose.
EU Must Be Bolder in Driving Reform in Ukraine
The Maidan protests gave the EU an unprecedented political mandate to spur change in Ukraine. It has been too cautious in using this status.
Trump-Xi Meeting Shows Asia Is Moving Into a New Era
Whether by design or distraction, Donald Trump is reshaping America’s role and changing the geopolitical outlook of the region.
Libya’s Power Vacuum Risks Heightened Violence
The internationally recognized government wields little power and international support is fading. If nothing changes, further armed escalation is inevitable.
For Germany, Brexit Is More About Politics Than Business
Assumptions that Germany will take a prominent role in the Brexit talks, and that this role will be shaped mainly by the interests of its powerful exporting companies, are flawed.
Professor Kerry Brown
Bluster Cannot Strip North Korea of Its Trump Card
The pariah state’s location and closeness to China will continue to be a barrier to unilateral US action.
It Is No Longer Possible to Ignore the Threat of IEDs
The ongoing conflict in Mosul provides the latest devastating example of the impact of improvised explosive devices.