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  • 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
  • Shake up for the sheikhs as the oil slump hits home

    David Roberts charts the effects of low oil prices and regional conflicts on Gulf politics
    May 2016

    David Roberts is a lecturer at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London

  • 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

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