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  • An abandoned gas station in rural North Carolina, US. Copyright © Carol M Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images.Research paper

    International Oil Companies: The Death of the Old Business Model

    The IOCs are faced with the choice of managing a gentle decline by downsizing or risking a rapid collapse by trying to carry on business as usual.

    Professor Paul Stevens
  • A displaced Iraqi woman, who fled her home due to attacks by ISIS, sits holding prayer beads at the Harsham refugee camp in the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq on 22 October 2014. Photo by Getty Images.Research paper

    Humanitarian Engagement with Non-state Armed Groups

    Non-state armed groups need to be engaged for the sake of the people who live in the territories they control. The papers in this collection frame four aspects of why such an approach is both necessary and exigent.

    Hannah BryceDr Claudia HofmannProfessor Ben SaulJoshua WebbCharu Lata Hogg

    Professor Andrew MacLeod
    Visiting Professor, Kings College London; Affiliate Senior Associate, CSIS

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry on 15 December 2015 in Moscow. Photo via Getty Images.Research paper

    US Election Note: Russia Policy After 2016

    US policy towards Russia is liable to shift noticeably after the election. Whether that is a subtle realignment or a massive shift is less a question of Republican versus Democrat than of Trump versus everyone else.

    Dr Jacob Parakilas
  • Libyan soldiers take part in a parade marking the 75th anniversary of the army's establishment at Martyr's Square in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on 13 August 2015. Photo: Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.Research paper

    UK International Defence Engagement Strategy: Lessons from Bassingbourn

    That the Bassingbourn programme to train a new Libyan army produced unfavourable results does not mean the defence engagement concept is inherently flawed.

    James Chandler, Former Army Visiting Fellow, Chatham House

  • The slogan '1.5 Degrees' is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) on 11 December 2015 in Paris, France. Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images.Chatham House Briefing

    Post-Paris: Taking Forward the Global Climate Change Deal

    Inevitably, the compromises of the Paris Agreement make it both a huge achievement and an imperfect solution to the problem of global climate change.

    Rob BaileyShane Tomlinson
  • A team of workers clean the windows of the World Bank headquarters ahead of the 2016 spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on 10 April 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images.Research paper

    Global Risks and the Challenges for G20 Coordination: A Growth Agenda for China’s 2016 Presidency

    By moving together under the auspices of the G20, countries can overcome their domestic difficulties while maximizing the beneficial impact of their policies on global growth. 

    Stephen Pickford
  • A pro-Russian demonstrator shouts slogans during a rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on 8 March 2014. Photo: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images.Research paper

    Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighbourhood

    Events in Crimea and Donbas have exposed the supportive role of Russian non-state actors in fomenting conflict.

    Orysia Lutsevych
  • Young Ukrainians throw snowballs at each other near the Motherland Monument at the Great Patriotic War Memorial Complex in Kyiv, Ukraine on 17 January 2016. Photo: Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.Research paper

    Can Ukraine Achieve a Reform Breakthrough?

    The key question is whether Ukrainians themselves can overcome the chief impediment to reform – the capture of the state by a narrow class of wealthy business people and their associates.

    John Lough

    Iryna Solonenko, Researcher, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder 

  • True colour satellite image of Europe at night. Photo: Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.Research paper

    Europe’s Energy Union: Foreign Policy Implications for Energy Security, Climate and Competitiveness

    By addressing structural divisions between member states, the Energy Union could have a beneficial effect on the EU’s capacity to conduct a unified and effective foreign policy, write Thomas Raines and Shane Tomlinson.

    Thomas RainesShane Tomlinson
  • The World Today

    Russia returns to a Middle East it never really left

    Sykes and Picot have taken the blame but actually it was a Russian who drew the map of the Middle East, writes Sean McMeekin

    Sean McMeekin is Professor of History at Bard College and author of The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908 – 1923