With the 3D printing revolution underway, the new issue of The World Today looks at the impact the technology will have when it is 'as common as the microwave'. Roger Highfield, a director at the Science Museum, says no country will want to be left behind, least of all China, given its history as a global source of low-cost manufacturing.

The destruction of chemical weapons in Syria does not have to be an Iraq-style 'cat-and-mouse game', argues Dr Patricia Lewis, research director for International Security at Chatham House. The process has got off to a good start, she writes, and it is in Russia's interest to make sure it works, and works well.

Dr Dimitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, considers Russia's diplomatic intervention in Syria. He argues that it was prompted by two goals: firstly, to avoid US military strikes, and secondly, to move international diplomacy to a world order in which the UN Security Council's five permanent members, not the US, decide on major issues pertaining to war and peace.

The relationship between the US and Europe is examined James Goldgeier and Richard Whitman. They state that as the US focuses on the Asia Pacific region, the European Union will have to take responsibility for its own security and that of its troubled southern member states.

Elsewhere, David Kilcullen, former chief strategist for counterterrorism at the US State Department, speaks about the future of urban warfare, and documentary filmmaker Franco Saachi explores the rapid rise - and teething problems - of Nollywood, Nigeria's answer to Bollywood.

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