Periscope – World in Focus

July, 2021

  • 24 July

    What Would the Ancient Greeks Think of an Olympics with No Fans?

    No matter how many world records are broken and unprecedented feats accomplished at the 2020 games, the empty arenas will attract no gods or genuine heroes: The Tokyo games are even less enchanted than previous modern games.

June, 2021

  • 24 June

    Zionism – Where Do We Go From Here?

    The problem is not the presence of Jews despite them being present in a much larger number than at any other time before. The problem is the Jewish character of Israel that makes Arabs second-rate citizens.

  • 9 June

    Rwanda Genocide: Macron Forgiveness Plea Resets Historic Ties

    It will take time for Rwandans, especially those who suffered or witnessed the genocide, to trust France again. Macron will be aware of these challenges and how French-Rwandan relations will require time, gestures of goodwill and actions addressing the past.

April, 2021

  • 25 April

    Why Russia is Threatening to Escalate the Ukraine Conflict

    European governments have yet to learn a key lesson from the war in Ukraine. The alternative reality the Kremlin lives in is becoming increasingly dangerous.

March, 2021

  • 22 March

    What’s Causing the Violence in Western Ethiopia

    It's a confluence of local, regional, national and, possibly, foreign interests.

  • 14 March

    International Arms Transfers Level Off After Years of Sharp Growth

    The United States remains the largest arms exporter, increasing its global share of arms exports from 32 to 37 percent between 2011–15 and 2016–20. The USA supplied major arms to 96 states in 2016–20, far more than any other supplier.. Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI.

  • 13 March

    Inclusivity is Key to Salvaging the US-Taliban Doha Deal

    Any major deviation from the basic contours of the existing agreement will only help spoilers of peace and not the millions of Afghans who are desperate for a return to normalcy. This could also erode trust in the inviolability of future peace agreements that consume enormous effort and time to mature.

February, 2021

  • 2 February

    Low Expectations: A Year of Renewal for the EU-Turkey Relationship

    Grand bargains are tough to achieve but, eventually, Turkey and the EU will have to strike up a working partnership whereby they cooperate on some issues and compete on others.

January, 2021

  • 22 January

    Qatar Hugs and Makes Up with its Warring Neighbors – But Will it Last?

    With so few issues apparently actually resolved, it’s little wonder that it took just days for new signs of tension to reappear after the agreement.

  • 17 January

    How Biden Can Make a Big Difference in the Western Balkans

    Joe Biden has a longstanding relationship with the Western Balkans. A re-energized US policy on the region could be transformative, especially when working in tandem with the EU.