Periscope – World in Focus

March, 2017

  • 15 March

    New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

    Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout.

  • 14 March

    Scotland Headed to a Second Independence Referendum

    The future is extremely uncertain, although once the Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU get properly underway there may be greater clarity as to what sort of impact that is having on opinion in Scotland, which is back in campaign mode and referendum.

  • 10 March

    Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food

    Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action.

  • 2 March

    View from Africa: Trump’s Very Own Russiagate in the Making

    A look at the still-evolving scandal that is consuming all the oxygen in President Trump’s White House: the many threads of his administration’s politically potent tie-up with the Russians.

January, 2017

  • 26 January

    What Does Trump Mean for Asia?

    Governments in Asia and elsewhere would do well to focus actively on ways to mitigate the uncertain and potentially dangerous results of erratic or irresponsible US international behavior as early as possible, advises one analyst.

  • 22 January

    Asia’s Coal Plans Promise Development, Deliver Premature Death

    A new report from Greenpeace and Harvard says Chinese-financed coal projects in Asia could lead to 70,000 premature deaths a year.

  • 18 January

    West Africa Prepares Military Action Against Gambia’s Jammeh

    Yahya Jammeh will certainly be removed if West Africa decides to use force. But that will come at a heavy price for The Gambia, the neighboring states and the world as a whole

  • 1 January

    Geo-politics and Afghanistan

    Is South Asia witnessing the beginning of a new geo-political game between two obvious blocs (Indo-Afghan-USA and Moscow-Beijing-Pakistan-Iran) divided by conflicting views on sources of terrorism and shared interests in regional peace and development?

October, 2016

  • 30 October

    Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

    Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country the prospect of water-related conflicts rises.

  • 16 October

    Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

    Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul.