Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi. Photo: Getty Images.
Dr Alex Vines OBE

Mozambique’s Stability Is Being Put to the Test

06 October 2017
Recent displays of armed violence and fragile politics demand a steady hand. But is the president up to the task?
A Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Photo: Getty Images.
Bill Hayton

The Hard Truth Is Rohingya Refugees Are Not Going Home

06 October 2017
The only likely outcome of the crisis is the near-permanent presence of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya along the Bangladesh border.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 5 October. Photo: Getty Images.
Jane Kinninmont

Saudi Visit to Moscow Underscores the Middle East’s Flexible Alliances

05 October 2017
The region is not as starkly divided as it is sometimes portrayed.
Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Getty Images.
Greg Shapland

Abbas Has Reasons to Be Wary of Gaza Offer

03 October 2017
This is far from the first attempt at Palestinian reconciliation – and Hamas will want something in return for concessions.
Activist Manal Al Sharif, who has long campaigned for Saudi women's right to drive. Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
Jane Kinninmont

End of Saudi Women Driving Ban Reflects Deep Changes in Society

28 September 2017
The role of Saudi women is already much more diverse and heterogeneous than is commonly assumed, as a new generation grows up with different economic expectations.
A woman attends a broadcast of the live speech of Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi in front of City Hall in Yangon on September 19, 2017. Photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP/Getty Images)
Dr Champa Patel

Root Causes of Rohingya Crisis Must Not be Ignored

28 September 2017
The focus on Aung San Suu Kyi masks the complete lack of an adequate response to the crisis in Myanmar, whether at the global or regional level.
Preparing food at the Ibad al-Rahman's Damascene Delicacies in Idlib, Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images
Dr Lina Khatib

Cutting Off Civil Society Aid Will Strengthen – Not Weaken – the Armed Coalition in Idlib

27 September 2017
Some countries are considering cutting off all support to civil society groups in Idlib to put pressure on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). But this will only play into HTS hands.
Servicemen take part in the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises Zapad-2017. Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images
Mathieu Boulègue

Five Things to Know About the Zapad-2017 Military Exercise

25 September 2017
As Russian forces leave Belarus, what are the main lessons to draw from the Zapad-2017 drills?
Sign posted in the window of an estate agent near Parsons Green station following a bomb attack on a packed underground train on September 16, 2017. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images
Hannah Bryce

Tighter Controls on Explosive Materials is Vital Factor in Response to Terrorism

22 September 2017
Although recent terror attacks have been grave they may also tell another story, about the successful regulation and control of certain explosive materials.
Pedestrians walk past a spray painted job advert for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on the pavement. Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Emily Taylor

Take Cybersecurity Away From Spies - For Everyone's Sake

18 September 2017
Our online intelligence services need freedom from the state.
Industrial complex for the production of galvanized roof sheets, Kampala, Uganda. Photo: Elk Arne Clausen/Getty Images.
Dr Alex Vines OBE

Size Matters: Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa

11 September 2017
Policymakers will need to better understand the drivers of, and obstacles to, the growth of African companies if they are to achieve national development goals and create better jobs.
A view of a forest land clearing in South Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: Getty Images

Forest Governance: How Indonesia and Vietnam are Responding to Illegal Logging

05 September 2017
Illegal logging and the associated trade is a major cause of deforestation and forest degradation globally. Indonesian and Vietnamese experts from the government, private and civil society sectors speak to Gitika Bhardwaj about the state of the trade in both southeast Asian countries.
A soldier stands guard in Madama near Niger's border with Libya. Photo: Getty Images.
Tim Eaton and Paul Melly

Europe’s Flawed Thinking on Mediterranean Migration

05 September 2017
The idea that enhanced border controls alone can halt flows of migrants across the Mediterranean is a dangerous fiction.
Xi Jinping speaks at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China on 4 September. Photo: Getty Images.
Professor Kerry Brown

Time for China to Step Up in North Korea Crisis

04 September 2017
Never before has China had a more important role to play on such an urgent international issue. A strong response to North Korea now means China wins, and so does the rest of the world.
A Russian flag on top of the consulate in San Francisco. The Trump administration ordered Russia to close the consulate, and two annexes in New York and Washington, in response to a Russian order that the US cut diplomatic staff in Moscow. Photo: Getty Im
Lilia Shevtsova

Russia’s Dual Response to the West Creates Policy Confusion

01 September 2017
Misperceptions make the West’s Russia policy wobbly, but it is not clear that the resulting disorientation is good for Russia.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer campaigns in a Leave-voting area in Wales during the 2017 UK general election. Photo: Getty Images.
Professor Matthew Goodwin

Labour Faces the Need to Reconcile With Working Class Brexit Supporters

30 August 2017
The party's price for remaining electorally relevant is giving up on the liberal internationalist aims of a united Europe and open borders.
US Vice President Mike Pence meets Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in July. Photo: Getty Images.
Anahit Shirinyan, Zaur Shiriyev and George Mchedlishvili

Examining How the South Caucasus Is Responding to Trump

24 August 2017
Three experts evaluate how Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are adjusting their foreign policy in the face of the Trump presidency.
An oil and gas drilling rig operating in Angola comes to Walvis Bay, Namibia for maintenance. Photo: Getty Images.
Dr Alex Vines OBE

Angola’s New President Must Quickly Focus on Its Oil and Gas Future

24 August 2017
The country should introduce credible policies to diversify its economy, but in the short term, the new president has no choice but to focus on Angola’s economic lifeblood.
Angola increasingly assesses that an indefinite delay to elections in Congo by Preisdent Joseph Kabila will be detrimental for long-term stability. Photo: Getty Images.
Dr Alex Vines OBE

The DRC Will Be the First Foreign Policy Priority for Angola’s New President

21 August 2017
A stable and predictable Congo is Luanda’s most important international objective.
José Eduardo dos Santos in 1989. Photo: Getty Images.
Dr Gita Honwana Welch

José Eduardo dos Santos: The Man Who Ended the War

21 August 2017
To the international community, Angola’s authoritarian president leaves behind a legacy of corruption and human rights violations – but he remains a hero for many Angolans.

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