• Taming Riyadh’s religious police

    Saudi Arabia looks to the future by curbing the mutawaeen, writes Najah Al-Osaimi
    May 2016

    Najah Al-Osaimi, is a Saudi journalist and  researcher in international relations and diplomacy 

  • Selling beer with too much froth

    Why do business people use language in such an impenetrable way?
    May 2016
  • Dadaab refugee camp

    On 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.
    May 2016
  • Spinsters and security

    Jane Kinninmont on Egypt’s recurring anxieties over unmarried women
    May 2016Jane Kinninmont
  • Name Czech

    Michael Binyon on the challenges of renaming a country
    May 2016

    Michael Binyon is former diplomatic editor of The Times 

  • Kazakhstan gets twitchy

    Backlash to land reform makes regime stop and think, writes Alex Nice
    May 2016

    Alex Nice is Regional Manager, Europe, at the Economist Intelligence Unit 

  • Groupthink is depriving the West of vision

    Nik 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
    May 2016

    Nik Gowing is former international news broadcaster at the BBC and ITN. He is now a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. Chris Langdon is head of ‘Reconciliation through Film’, a non-profit start-up. He is the former managing director of the Oxford Research Group. Full interim report available at: www.thinkunthinkable.org/report

  • Tom Fletcher: Diplomacy in the digital age

    The 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
    May 2016Alan Philps
  • Obama’s tweet meister

    Philip Seib on the shortcomings of the White House’s spin machine
    May 2016

    Philip Seib is a professor at the University of Southern California. His new book, The Future of Diplomacy, will be published in July

  • Assad's 'starve or kneel' policy

    On 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.
    May 2016