Periscope – World in Focus

February, 2020

  • 2 February

    Coronavirus Grown in Lab Aiding the Search for a Vaccine

    What can one do to stay safe? Don’t panic. There is as yet no reason to believe that the Wuhan coronavirus will have a devastating impact upon humanity.

January, 2020

  • 30 January

    Trump Middle East Peace Plan – Terms of Surrender for the Palestinians?

    Should this plan become, like so many of its predecessors, a political football on both sides of the ocean, the people who make their homes and live their lives on politicians’ playing fields will lose.

  • 27 January

    Nile Basin States Must Build a Flexible Treaty. Here’s How

    Instead of allocating the Nile waters based on a fixed, perpetual water supply Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt must consider changes in weather patterns, among other factors.

  • 20 January

    Ugly Geopolitics = Hypocrisy At Best

    Geo-political considerations and commercial interests – not morality and principles -currently define international relations, argues one Pakistani analyst.

  • 13 January

    Cyberspace is the Next Front in Iran-US Conflict

    Cyberspace remains the wild west, with few, if any, agreed-on rules of engagement or well-understood signaling mechanisms. This makes any ongoing cyberconflict between Iran and its enemies all the more dangerous, with critical infrastructure companies at risk of being caught in the crossfire.

  • 6 January

    Trump Fast Forwarded Pullout From Iraq?

    The US hostilities are likely to not only derail the Afghan peace process but also, possibly turn western Afghanistan into another battleground for the US-Iran proxy war.

November, 2019

  • 27 November

    Germany’s Quiet Leadership on the Libyan War

    Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.

  • 19 November

    Hopes for the Future Dashed: Balkans Security After the French Veto

    The European Council’s failure to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania could mark a turning point for peace in the Western Balkans.

  • 18 November

    Bolivia in Crisis: How Evo Morales Was Forced Out

    Without Morales on the ballot paper in a future election, a large section of the electorate will not be able to vote for their candidate. This is a situation that some will call justice, given the way Morales skirted around the constitutional term limits, but that will leave a large, mainly rural, indigenous section of the population disenfranchised. Such frustration will lead to further violence if left unresolved.

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    Baghdadi’s Death is a Huge Blow to Islamic State, But What Next?

    IS will be set back for many months, and perhaps even years. It will struggle to regain the momentum it had under Baghdadi's leadership.