Periscope – World in Focus

January, 2019

  • 6 January

    Top Ten Foreign Policy Trends in 2019

    Here are the top ten trends that are expected to occupy European foreign policymakers in 2019.

December, 2018

  • 28 December

    2018, A Year of Central Asia’s Regional Thaw

    A relaxation of long-standing regional tensions was the most noticeable process in Central Asia in 2018. If the trend continues, individual countries will be better positioned to muddle through domestic problems and deal with complex international relations and security issues in 2019 and beyond.

  • 27 December

    An Unexpected Triumph of Multilateralism

    All the odds were against Katowice. But participants snatched partial victory from the jaws of total defeat.

  • 13 December

    Five Reasons Why 2018 Was a Big Year for Paleontology

    Dr. Julien Benoit discusses five important moments in paleontology you may have missed during 2018, and what they mean – particularly for Africa and its place in the story of human origins.

  • 8 December

    New Currents in Libya’s Stagnant Waters

    The most important development in Libya’s recent history may have just taken place. And it was not a high-level summit, but a new expression of popular opinion on Libya’s future.

  • 8 December

    Will Next Week’s Migration Compact be Global?

    African countries should use the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as a basis to develop better continental migration governance systems.

October, 2018

  • 29 October

    How Turkey and Saudi Arabia Became Frenemies

    The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is worsening relations between US allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia. An expert on the region believes there may be a way out.

  • 29 October

    Big Gains or Growing Pains in Store for the SCO?

    The SCO’s recent membership expansion presents both opportunities and challenges as the organization’s cohesiveness, effectiveness and policy coordination will go through a period of refocusing, redefining and re-energizing.

  • 21 October

    The Rise of Estonia’s Radical Right: To Engage or Not to Engage?

    The rise of the right-wing party EKRE in Estonia is putting in question the country's political landscape ahead of the parliamentary elections in March.

  • 6 October

    China’s Salami Slicing Takes Root in Africa

    With the consent of African governments, China’s subtle but deliberate strategy is paying off.