Periscope – World in Focus

April, 2015

  • 13 April

    US-Iran N. Deal a Game Changer for the Region?

    The US-Iran deal opens new possibilities for the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. If US and Iran can bury the acrimonious past, why cant Islamabad and New Delhi chart the same way when it comes to weapons of mass destruction.

  • 12 April

    Saudi Arabia’s Long History of Meddling in Yemen

    The Saudis are reluctant to send ground troops to fight the Houthis on Yemeni soil. But recent conflicts -- in Iraq, Syria and Libya -- show that air power alone is not enough to win a decisive victory. And the longer this conflict drags on, the more likely that the Houthis will gain wide popular support as the defenders of Yemen's independence against an aggressive and meddling neighbor.

  • 8 April

    Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya Is a Failed State

    Weapons are pouring out of Africa's most oil-rich country while extremist fighters tumble in. The toxic legacy of Gaddafi’s divisive and authoritarian regime, which pitted Libya’s diverse factions against one another, has plagued the prospects for any central authority gaining widespread legitimacy in the war-torn country.

  • 4 April

    Iran Nuclear Deal: The Public Opinion Hurdles Ahead

    Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final agreement.

March, 2015

  • 31 March

    The Moral Hazard of the US-Israel Relationship

    The US has little ability to curtail, let alone stop, Israel's expansion into the West Bank. It will complain and threaten certain actions to the UN or the International Criminal Court (ICC). All of these will be to no avail, certainly not during the remainder of President Barack Obama's term, says one analyst.

  • 31 March

    Buhari’s Victory in Nigerian Election Has Global Significance

    What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria -- unprecedented in the country's history -- has global significance in the fight against religious extremism.

  • 31 March

    Subtext Important to the Australia–Japan Sub Deal

    The Australian government’s efforts to pursue a submarine deal with Japan must be understood in the context of its view of Asia’s security order. The relationship with Japan is a bellwether of how the Australian government views the future of the Asia Pacific region, and particularly the challenges posed by China’s rise. The submarine negotiations have been a tangible way for Australia to strengthen its security ties with Japan as a hedge against potential threats emanating from a more powerful China.

  • 27 March

    What the Media Says About Saudi Intervention in Yemen

    The intervention by Saudi Arabia-lead alliance in Yemen is raising fears of a larger conflict involving countries beyond Middle East.

  • 25 March

    Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore

    For three decades, traveling around, into and out of Southeast Asia, J. Brooks Spector and his family passed through Singapore numerous times. One of his children was even born there. This gave him a chance to see Singapore’s evolution under the guidance of its redoubtable, and very long-lived leader, Lee Kuan Yew.

  • 24 March

    Women Up in Arms

    From Mexico to Kurdistan, women resistance fighters have blazed a trail for new gender relations in some of the world's most patriarchal societies.