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

Is a China-centric world inevitable?

  The country makes use of templates from the past to construct a modern narrative of power and its activities on the Doklam plateau should be seen in this context.   India is in a prolonged standoff with Chinese forces on the Doklam Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Silencing dissent: Digital capitalism, the military junta and Thailand’s permanent state of exception

  In the last three years of military rule in Thailand, arrests and prosecutions for defamation, sedition and offences under the Computer Crimes Act have soared. Human rights advocates, democracy campaigners and ordinary citizens have been threatened, harassed and detained in Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Gaza in transit: what after the GCC crisis?

  Following the escalation of the GCC crisis and the deteriorating relationship between Qatar and the Gulf Triad (Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain), along with Egypt, rumors started spreading about a possible deal with the Hamas leadership in Gaza, being Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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