Professor Ben Saul
Standing Up for Justice in War
With the focus on military goals in Syria and Iraq, pursuing criminal accountability for atrocities by the many warring parties has been dangerously neglected.
Dr Charles Clift
The WHO's New Electoral Format Could Be a Model for Other UN Agencies
Even with its limited reforms, the UN health agency's new and more transparent process for choosing its director-general should improve the quality of elections and leadership.
New Troop Deployments Signal NATO Commitment to Baltics
The new defensive measures will be an important step towards reducing Russia’s opportunities for causing disruption.
Britain’s Economic Future Will Be Decided at Home
The intense focus on the post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU misses a crucial point: the UK’s economic prosperity depends on it raising its game in areas, such as education, over which Brussels has no sway.
Dr Nigel Gould-Davies
What to Know About Thailand’s Royal Transition
Nigel Gould-Davies sketches out how the country is reacting to the death of King Bhumibol and what comes next for Thai politics.
Professor Kerry Brown
Is Xi Jinping Hoarding Power at the ‘Core’?
Not quite. The latest of Xi’s many titles still places him firmly in a structure of collective leadership.
The Rt Hon Lord Williams of Baglan
The United States’ Faltering Pivot to Asia
One of the most dramatic instances of a declining US influence has been the Philippines under its current president Rodrigo Duterte.
CITES Conference Marks Major Breakthrough in Battle Against Endangered Rosewood Trade
New controls on rosewood and an agreement by CITES parties on legal acquisition findings could fill the gap that allows illegal trade of endangered timber species to flourish.
Inequality Defines the American Election
The gap between the haves and have-nots will be the defining economic challenge for the next US president.
What Would Victory in Mosul Look Like?
It is not that there is no plan for the day after. It is that there are too many.
Sanctions Can Expose Putin’s Foreign Policy Contradictions
Moscow’s actions in Syria are set to harden the EU’s position on sanctions over Ukraine. The EU should take this opportunity to make them more effective.
Businesses Are Chipping Away at Sanctions in Crimea and Donbas
The EU and the US must close existing loopholes in the sanctions regime and upgrade compliance measures.
Ethiopian Politics Beyond the Vanguard?
It is possible that after 25 years of power, the ruling coalition will have to reconsider their role and their understanding of the population, and their relationship to the body politic.
Dr Paola Subacchi
Fall in Pound Shows Sovereignty’s Limits
Sterling’s troubles are a reminder that foreign investors have an indirect say – and interest – in how a country is managed.
On African Coastlines, Prosperity and Security Go Together
Africa’s leaders must see their marine space as important for its economic potential, not just as a security threat.
Dr Claire Spencer
Morocco’s Missing Youth
Low rates of youth voting in the recent general election reflect the absence of young people’s social and economic concerns in the country’s politics.
Rana Marcel Khalaf
Syria: Destruction of Civil Society Means Dictatorship, Extremism and Displacement
The void in governance in Syria caused by the conflict has enabled a previously oppressed civil society to rise. Now this new society is under threat. Sustained commitment from the international community is required.
The Rt Hon Lord Williams of Baglan
Why the New Secretary General of the United Nations Defies Expectations
In selecting Antonio Guterres, many members of the Security Council were acutely aware that migration and refugee issues are likely to continue to dominate the international agenda in the coming years.
Professor David Heymann CBE
New Vaccines Are Essential to Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance
Following a landmark UN meeting, the role vaccine development can play in addressing the threat of AMR must not be neglected.
UK's Pursuit of Extremism Is Lost in Translation
The British government’s focus on nonviolence is meant to champion democratic values, but authoritarian states are using it to do just the opposite.