Periscope – World in Focus

December, 2018

  • 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.

  • 5 October

    Russia and Ukraine Clash in the Sea of Azov

    New Russian naval activities around Crimea could presage a new, maritime front in the war in eastern Ukraine

August, 2018

  • 15 August

    Turkey’s Lira Crisis: ‘Economic War’ Sees Erdoğan Look East for New Allies

    Since the new presidential system came into effect, international investors have been trying to understand where Erdoğan would steer the Turkish economy. The signals so far, including Erdoğan’s appointment of his son-in-law as the minister in charge of the economy, suggest a new period of “Erdoğanomics”.

July, 2018

  • 10 July

    Four Things to Know Ahead of the NATO Summit

    ECFR experts pick out four main topics to pay attention to ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels.

June, 2018

  • 5 June

    After US Withdrawal, Iran Embraces China

    Relations between China and Iran are free from the concerns around human rights that continue to dog Western powers’ sometimes troubled interactions with Beijing.

May, 2018

  • 7 May

    Oman: Between Iran And A Hard Place

    Oman has historically been careful to balance its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran, allowing it to play a useful role mediating regional disputes. However, as the region’s anti-Iran rhetoric is ramping up and the Sultanate is having to deal with its own domestic issues, neutrality is becoming harder to maintain.