Periscope – World in Focus

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.

  • 2 October

    View from Europe: Trump’s Ukrainegate Could Help Ukraine

    The US president's impeachment process ensures Ukraine stays on the radar of Americans - and this may work to Ukraine's advantage.

September, 2019

  • 4 September

    Bewitched by Brexit: Referendums and Modern Democracy

    What is at stake here is neither EU membership nor national sovereignty, but the essence of parliamentary democracy.

  • 3 September

    Why Increasing Arab-Israeli Closeness Matters

    With the opening of a synagogue in Dubai and warmer relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, some Arab states suddenly appear to be more open to friendship with Israel and Jews. Why?

July, 2019

  • 22 July

    What is at Stake in the Strait of Hormuz?

    Are consumers in the United States and other countries likely to suffer because of the tensions in the Strait of Hormuz? So far, that has not been the case in terms of fuel costs.

  • 13 July

    Erdoğan’s Control Over Turkey is Ending – What Comes Next?

    The aura of Erdoğan’s invincibility seems to be dissipating and Turkey appears to be nearing the day that the transfer of power is viewed as a normal and nonexceptional part of political life.

  • 11 July

    Reform of Libya’s Security Sector Must Not Fail Again

    Regardless of who wins the fight for Tripoli, the power of armed groups over government is being entrenched. It is necessary to ensure that Libya’s security sector is tailored to the needs of Libyans and can operate effectively in the post-conflict environment.

June, 2019

  • 23 June

    Risk of Shooting War with Iran Grows

    Whether or not a shooting war does break out, the United States’ economic war has already been intensifying over the past year.

  • 22 June

    Moldova Crisis: The First Battle in the War for Democracy

    Swift action from Brussels transformed the Moldova crisis on the ground. The EU will now learn to keep oligarchic governments at arm’s length in future.

  • 20 June

    Johnson and Hunt to Compete to Become the UK’s Next PM

    As UK politics continues to fracture, both of the two main parties are failing to offer leadership that can bring things back together and the result may be a surge in support for alternative parties, much like in the European elections.