December 10, 2017

Europe’s Fate Will Depend on the French Presidential Election

Next month’s run-off then is a critical juncture for the future of France and the EU. A Le Pen victory could signal the end of the project. The stakes could scarcely be higher. Read More »

Turkish Referendum: Democracy No More?

Turkey’s April 16 referendum will be long remembered as a turning point in the country’s political history.   Turks were asked to grant additional executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bringing an end to the separation of powers. The 18 proposed constitutional amendments grant the Turkish president sweeping authority over the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, including power to ... Read More »

View from Riyadh: Suu Kyi on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

It is high time for the international community to take stringent and decisive measures to halt the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims. Read More »

View from Riyadh: Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and Gulf Unity!

The Trump administration has decided to rehabilitate its time-tested alliance with the Gulf and allied Arab and Muslim states, such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey. Read More »

Turkey’s Dangerous Referendum

Turkey's leader will apparently stop at nothing to centralize power — and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate. Read More »

El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold

The people of El Salvador and their international allies against irresponsible mining are celebrating a historic victory. After a long battle against global mining companies that were determined to plunder the country’s natural resources for short-term profits, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has voted to ban all metal mining projects.   The new law is aimed at protecting the Central American ... Read More »

Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster. Read More »

Saudi Arabia the Next stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

The growing partnership between China and Saudi Arabia signals a consequential shift in the Middle East–Asia security architecture and will be an increasingly important space to watch. Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. Read More »

Scotland Headed to a Second Independence Referendum

The future is extremely uncertain, although once the Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU get properly underway there may be greater clarity as to what sort of impact that is having on opinion in Scotland, which is back in campaign mode and referendum. Read More »