A Chinese labourer works on the Karakoram highway in northern Pakistan, where the new Silk Road is under construction, 29 September 2015. Photo: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

The ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative and the London Market – the Next Steps in Renminbi Internationalization

17 January 2017
Three new papers explore the feasibility of using China's Belt and Road initiative as a means to expand the use of the renminbi, both in the real economies of Belt and Road host countries and in the London offshore financial market.
A Saudi investor at the Tadawul (the Saudi Stock Exchange) in Riyadh, on 15 June 2015. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Economic Reform in the GCC: Privatization as a Panacea for Declining Oil Wealth?

13 December 2016
Economic liberalization through privatization is unlikely to succeed in the GCC states without simultaneous political liberalization and reform.
Syrian boys sit in the back of a vehicle driving towards signs bearing Arabic and Kurdish writing, with a poster of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan in Syria’s northeastern Hassaka province, July 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
Research paper

Governing Rojava: Layers of Legitimacy in Syria

8 December 2016
Failure to move past security and stability-based arguments will greatly diminish the long-term prospects for the survival of the Rojava project.
The Iraq and Syria border, located between the Iraqi city of Rabia and the Syrian city of Al-Yarubiyah. Photo: Eddie Gerald/Getty images.
Research paper

Syria, Iraq and the Struggle for Power: Intertwined Futures

24 November 2016
The establishment of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) has permanently changed the political and security landscape in Iraq and will remain a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on board the Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi, in Italy on 22 August 2016. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/Staff/Getty Images.
Research paper

The EU’s Crisis of Governance and European Foreign Policy

18 November 2016
The EU’s crisis of intergovernmental governance has complicated the calculations of national interest that have always played the prime role in European foreign policy.
People walk down a destroyed street in the city of Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria, on 27 June 2013. Photo: Ahmad Aboud/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Aiding and Assisting: Challenges in Armed Conflict and Counterterrorism

14 November 2016
Greater transparency is needed about the assistance that states provide to one another, and to non-state groups, in armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations.
Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict

Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict

10 November 2016
This book povides guidance for armed forces and practitioners on the detailed application of international human rights law during armed conflict.
Passengers board a Eurostar train at St Pancras station in London on 20 April 2010. Photo: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images.
Research paper

Increasingly Apart: Post-Crisis Growth Trajectories in the UK and Eurozone

7 November 2016
Brexit threatens to undermine the very consumption-centric economic model that has enabled the UK to outperform the eurozone since the financial crisis.
The Dubai skyline at sunset, 4 April 2016. Photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Ruling Families and Business Elites in the Gulf Monarchies: Ever Closer?

3 November 2016
If the Gulf monarchies pursue the top-down, neo-liberal reforms that have been announced, these are likely to foster tensions related to the definition of the new social contract.
Diesel trucks and cars pass windmills along the 10 freeway near Banning, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images.
Research paper

US Election Note: Energy and Climate Policy After 2016

20 October 2016
This election is a particularly important turning point for US energy and climate policy, not only because of the stark contrast between the party platforms and the candidates’ positions, but because of the major changes taking place in the US energy landscape.