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.
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.
Wilbur Ross Is in the Driver’s Seat on US Trade Policy – For Now
But is a fallout between Donald Trump and the new commerce secretary inevitable?
Wood Is Not a Carbon-Neutral Energy Source
Treating it as such – and supporting it with subsidies, as the UK and many other EU member states do – is a flawed path to climate action.
Dr Mohammed Masbah
North Africa’s Islamist Parties Provide Important Lessons in Secularization
In Morocco and Tunisia, political inclusion has led to not just moderation, but an increasing acceptance of the separation between religion and politics.
McMaster Appointment Could Bolster US Line on Russia
Whatever his personal relationships in Russia, Donald Trump has now filled key US national security positions with individuals who understand the dangers of rapprochement on Moscow’s terms.
Syrian Rebels Are Pushing Back Against Their Patrons
The increased strategic differences between Syrian rebels and regional powers are pushing them apart.
Handling Russia Should Not Be So Difficult for the West
Western countries are still struggling to develop a long-term strategy to address the increasing problems that Russia poses for their security.
Interview with Rob Davies, South African Trade Minister
The head of South Africa's Department for Trade and Industry speaks about his country's post-Brexit trading relationship with the UK and how it is responding to global economic changes.
Søren Kirk Jensen
Angola Prepares for Life After Dos Santos
Angola is following a pattern of gradual democratization but those hoping for rapid and or even radical political change will be disappointed.
Is Democracy Emerging in Somalia?
The presidential vote was widely celebrated, but there remains much room for improvement.