West Should Keep a Wary Eye on Russia's Zapad War Games
Russia is currently mixing threatening language designed to intimidate the West with another, contradictory message: that those who fear a Russian military threat are 'hysterical' and hankering for the Cold War.
Dr John Nilsson-Wright
In North Korea Standoff, What Does Kim Jong-un Really Want?
John Nilsson-Wright examines what the North Korean leader is hoping to achieve with his nuclear weapons programme.
Odinga Should Heed His Own Words to Strengthen Kenyan Democracy
If the opposition leader cannot swiftly substantiate his allegations that the presidential election was hacked, he should concede defeat.
Dr Jeff Crisp
It’s Far Too Early to Talk of Return for Syrian Refugees
Although the Syrian conflict shows no sign of coming to end, governments and aid agencies are already beginning to consider the repatriation of the country’s five million refugees.
Dr Angelos Chryssogelos
For Macron, Security Holds the Key to Eurozone Reform
In a more uncertain global environment, France has the ability to provide Germany with the security guarantees it needs. The French president would do well to link these with his economic reform ambitions.
Can the UN’s New Special Representative Make Progress in Libya?
Ghassan Salamé must move quickly to bring together the country’s competing powers and a divided international community.
Dr Patricia Lewis
How Worried Should We Be About a Nuclear War With North Korea?
History is littered with near misses, but the latest tensions between the US and North Korea offer their own special risks of Armageddon.
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.