Periscope – World in Focus

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.

  • 10 January

    How Europe Can Work with Africa Amid the Global Scramble for Vaccines

    China is poised to reap geopolitical gain via vaccine diplomacy if Europe does not prioritize Africa.

December, 2020

  • 28 December

    Russia Moves East, India West, Straining Ties

    Year after year, Moscow is moving east, enhancing its ties to China. Year after year, New Delhi is moving west, building stronger links to the US. If this trend continues into the mid-term future, the two friendly countries might ultimately find themselves in the opposite geopolitical and economic blocks, and the Eurasian space will split into two pieces. Over time, Moscow and New Delhi will find it more challenging to maintain their bilateral cooperation even at the current levels, not to mention it is further deepening and broadening. 

  • 25 December

    What’s in Brexit Deal and Where Next for the UK and EU?

    It looks like the UK government will claim victory by arguing that it is now able to escape the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice while getting tariff and quota-free access for goods exported to the EU.