Periscope – World in Focus

September, 2020

  • 5 September

    The ‘Abraham Accord’

    Though consequences are not yet fully clear the recently concluded Abraham Accord does not bode well for the Palestinians. Arab solidarity, always on shaky ground, has taken another hit. Also, it has started debate in Pakistan on the recognition of the Jewish state.

July, 2020

  • 2 July

    View from Thailand: US Loses Myanmar to China?

    Only time will tell whether or not Myanmar will reciprocate to Beijing’s overtures, but owing to the lack of alternatives offered by Washington, Myanmar seems to have a very simple choice to make.

June, 2020

  • 28 June

    Tensions Rise Over Ethiopia’s Nile Dam

    The rains are coming and the dam water levels – and tensions – will soon begin to rise. Solutions that work for all parties must be found, and quickly.

  • 26 June

    US-China Rivalry: Gulf States Struggle to Hedge Their Bets

    The Trump administration’s quest to curb relationships between its allies in the Middle East and China offers a preview of how big power rivalry in the region is likely to unfold. It also suggests the limits on the United States’ ability to reduce its commitment to regional security.

  • 24 June

    Hajj Cancellation Due to a Pandemic is Not the First Time

    There are many instances in the more than 1,400-year history of the pilgrimage when its planning had to be altered due to armed conflicts, disease or just plain politics.

  • 24 June

    How Illegal Mining is Driving Local Conflicts in Nigeria

    Criminal networks fuel community violence in a bid to exploit untapped mineral deposits in the North West where around 80% of mining is carried out illegally and on an artisanal basis.

  • 18 June

    Resetting Europe-Africa Relations in Post-COVID Era

    Covid placed a pause on the formal renewal of relations between Europe and Africa, but it has also brought new focus to old questions.

  • 7 June

    What Drives Turkey’s Growing Influence in Africa?

    Turkey has managed to avoid becoming embroiled in many of Africa’s local political quagmires. Instead, it came with a strong commitment that focused on direct aid, infrastructure and transportation projects, as well as mutually beneficial economic partnerships.

  • 6 June

    Russia’s Power Game in Libya

    Russia, under Vladimir Putin, has expanded its influence in Libya as a key supporter of Khalifa Haftar’s war. Yet Moscow often operates pragmatically and will surely adapt its strategy as Haftar is losing ground.

  • 4 June

    Five Ways That the Coronavirus Should Transform the EU

    The European Commission’s response to the coronavirus faces at least five fundamental challenges – all of which create significant opportunities for Europe.