Taming Riyadh’s religious policeSaudi Arabia looks to the future by curbing the mutawaeen, writes Najah Al-Osaimi
Selling beer with too much frothWhy do business people use language in such an impenetrable way?
Dadaab refugee campOn May 6 the Kenyan government announced that it planned to close all its refugee camps including Dadaab, the world’s largest, with 600,000 residents, by May next year.
Spinsters and securityJane Kinninmont on Egypt’s recurring anxieties over unmarried women
Name CzechMichael Binyon on the challenges of renaming a country
Kazakhstan gets twitchyBacklash to land reform makes regime stop and think, writes Alex Nice
Groupthink is depriving the West of visionNik Gowing and Chris Langdon reveal disturbing details from their research project into how people at the top struggle to cope In a digital age which throws up surprises
Tom Fletcher: Diplomacy in the digital ageThe techno-optimist and leader of a review into the future of the Foreign Office shares his views on diplomacy in the digital age with Alan Philps
Obama’s tweet meisterPhilip Seib on the shortcomings of the White House’s spin machine
Assad's 'starve or kneel' policyOn the morning of May 12 people in the besieged town of Daraya south of Damascus heard that an aid convoy was heading their way with supplies of food and medicine, the first during the three years they have been encircled by the Syrian army. Since the closure of a smuggling route into Daraya, signs of severe malnutrition have multiplied.