China Paves Its Way in New Areas of International Law
China is looking to increase its capacity and influence in international legal matters – and it is particularly in frontier areas of the law that China is likely to take a proactive stance.
Time to Honour Commitments to Armenian-Azerbaijani Peace
One year on from a major outbreak of violence, the Armenian-Azerbaijani peace process is again in peril. The international community can either hang back and wait for war, or opt for diplomatic shock therapy.
EU Citizens Back Their Leaders’ Negotiating Stance on Brexit
As Article 50 is formally triggered, new research shows that Europeans would not support compromising on the EU’s core principles.
Dr Robin Niblett CMG
Article 50 and the Great Repeal Bill Are Only the Beginning
Chatham House Director Robin Niblett on the endless complexities of Brexit – and why the prime minister’s domestic battles could be as contentious as her negotiations with the EU during the next two years.
What to Know About the Protests in Belarus
Late March saw a heavy-handed government response and mass arrests at a series of protest rallies in Belarus. Keir Giles takes a closer look at what has been going on.
Testing Times for Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Reforms
A high-profile arrest marks a victory for reformers but might also mark the limits of their influence.
Dr Tim Summers
What to Know About Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election
Tim Summers looks at what we know about Carrie Lam, the territory’s new leader, and where Hong Kong politics goes from here.
Professor Matthew Goodwin
What a Le Pen Win Would Look Like for France and the EU
A victory for Marine Le Pen, coming after Brexit, would underscore that Europeans have moved from instinctive scepticism about the EU to active rebellion.
Dr Mohammed Masbah
Palace Edges Ahead in Morocco’s Constitutional Power Struggle
Despite reforms and a stronger parliament, the monarchy remains capable of imposing its authority over the country’s politics.
Action on Forest Governance Can Play a Critical Role in Britain’s Post-Brexit International Development Strategy
The UK’s global leadership on forest governance fits well into the government’s ambition to align trade and aid goals.
Dr Michal Meidan
Political Transition Will Override China’s Policy Targets
Though it appears the country is preparing for slower economic growth and more robust environmental policy, political considerations may elbow out both.
Pascal Lamy on the Way Forward After Brexit
The former European commissioner for trade and director-general of the WTO speaks with Quentin Peel about the complexity of the Brexit negotiations and his regret on seeing the UK leave the EU.
Dr Neil Quilliam
Syria Is Not Lost Yet
Despite six years of incoherent policy, Western countries can still positively shape Syria’s post-conflict settlement. This may be their last chance.
Professor Richard G Whitman
Theresa May’s ‘Two Union’ Problem: Scotland and Article 50
Richard Whitman explains what the prospects of a second Scottish independence vote means for Brexit and the UK’s constitutional order.
Professor Philip Hanson OBE
Western Sanctions: Helping the Russian Leadership Ride Out Recession
Recently, talk of an end to sanctions has been linked with Donald Trump, but some crucial European advocates of continuing them are about to face elections. So who would actually benefit most from relaxing the sanctions regime?
Moldova: The Captured State on Europe’s Edge
Twenty-five years after independence, Moldova still suffers from corruption and institutional failure. Only the EU can hold the government coalition accountable for reform.
Al-Qaeda Shifts Back to Suicide in Syria
The group’s increased territorial losses have amplified its dependence on suicide tactics to regain momentum.
Dr Wim Muller
China and the WTO: How US Unpredictability Jeopardizes a Decade and a Half of Success
China’s 15 years of membership have been marked by increasing acceptance and engagement with multilateralism. But a shaken trade landscape significantly complicates further engagement.
Dr Paola Subacchi
China’s Dollar Trap
Caught between competing priorities and the strength of the US currency, the renminbi will have limited chances to further develop into a full-fledged global currency.
Michael Gove on the Trouble With Experts
The former cabinet minister and Brexit campaigner explains why he always looks for the dissenting voice.