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Egypt’s faltering counter-insurgency strategy

  In a devastating blow to Egypt’s counter insurgency efforts, 54 members of the security forces were reported killed during a security operation in the Farafra Oasis on 21 October. This oasis located a mere 135 km south-west of Cairo.   The exact Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Things that go bump in the night in Riyadh

  It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Hariri’s resignation, the Saudi purge, and the Houthi missile fired at Riyadh are interconnected.   Saturday night was a busy one for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The kingdom’s 32-year old heir Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The Prince: On how many fronts can Mohammed bin Salman act simultaneously?

  If Machiavelli were alive today, he might have modeled his political treatise ‘The Prince’ on Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS). Events on the first Saturday of November show that the young heir apparent is confident enough to move Thursday, November 9th, 2017

After Raqqa: what will it take to get to peace in Syria?

  Expelled from Raqqa – or what remains of it - ISIS may be on the way to defeat. Yet with the conditions that gave rise to it still largely in place, the threat could merely recede to emerge in new Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Global politics at a crossroads

  Many states today claim they are democratic, yet the history of their political institutions and processes reveals the fragility and vulnerability of many democratic arrangements. The history of twentieth century Europe alone makes clear that democracy is a remarkably difficult Thursday, October 26th, 2017

No heir anointed as Xi reveals top leadership

  China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping. The omission cements Mr Xi’s grip on China for the next five years and possibly beyond, a day after Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Rohingya issue and the danger to South-east Asia

  Speaking Of Asia    Not since the landlocked Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan swept out its Nepali-speaking Hindu population in the late 1980s has Asia witnessed as relentless an action against a minority group as seen lately in Myanmar. The United Nations High Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Spain: Shall we talk?

  Something quite remarkable is happening in Spain. No, I don’t mean the threat of a break up of Spain. Nor the mass mobilization organized by DENAES, the Foundation for the Defence of the Spanish Nation which has filled Madrid’s Colon Thursday, October 12th, 2017

‘Despacito’ in the Age of Trump

  On Friday, “Despacito,” the hit song by the Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, became the most watched video on YouTube ever, with nearly three billion views. And it got there faster than any music video in history. Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Economic links integral to India’s Act East policy

  India and Asean are commemorating 25 years of dialogue partnership this year. Speaking earlier this month at separate events in Delhi and Singapore, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar publicly reiterated strategic commitment to South-east Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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