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  • 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

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    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

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    May 2016