Periscope – World in Focus

January, 2016

  • 18 January

    Global Inequality Reaches New Extremes: Report

    The richest 1% now own more wealth than the rest of the world combined while the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in the past five years.

  • 13 January

    Africa’s Success Story

    Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society.

  • 11 January

    Tajikistan Early Warning: Internal Pressures, External Threats

    Tajikistan's economy is crippled, with the downturn in Russia adding to the difficulties. The rough economic climate, however, is fundamentally of the government’s making: years of endemic corruption have bled local businesses dry and limit the impact of donor aid.

  • 6 January

    View from Turkey: A Sunni-Shia War?

    Even if a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is prevented, proxy wars between these two countries will most probably increase in number in the coming years. One analyst advises Turkey to stay away from these tensions.

  • 3 January

    Djibouti: Will China’s Naval Base Cause Friction with the US?

    Controversy over the Chinese presence in Africa is rising in many countries, and Djibouti represents an island of stability from which Beijing might be able to run future evacuation operations in a region undergoing many upheavals. It is also conveniently located to provide logistical support for Chinese vessels involved in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

December, 2015

  • 28 December

    2015, The Year That Was: Politics and Society

    As we approach 2016, The Conversation looks at the biggest stories on politics and society over the past 12 months.

  • 28 December

    2015: Africa for Pessimists

    Despite all the progress – and there is a lot of that – there are still plenty of bad African news stories. Simon Allison looks at what has gone wrong in 2015.

  • 13 December

    China’s Rocky Silk Road

    The China Pakistan Economic Corridor has the potential to fundamentally alter the China–Pakistan relationship. Until now China has had the luxury of taking the position that Pakistan’s domestic woes were none of its business. But with the security of thousands of nationals and billions of dollars of investments at stake, China may find itself increasingly drawn into Pakistan’s politics and security concerns.  

  • 5 December

    The Afars: Eritrea’s Forgotten Refugees

    The Afars, a tightly knit Muslim minority in one of the most inhospitable corners of Africa, are determined to keep their home and the culture that sustains them.

November, 2015

  • 30 November

    Faith Groups in Unprecedented Push for Climate Action

    Religious leaders put their spiritual weight behind climate change.