Periscope – World in Focus

June, 2020

  • 18 June

    Resetting Europe-Africa Relations in Post-COVID Era

    Covid placed a pause on the formal renewal of relations between Europe and Africa, but it has also brought new focus to old questions.

  • 7 June

    What Drives Turkey’s Growing Influence in Africa?

    Turkey has managed to avoid becoming embroiled in many of Africa’s local political quagmires. Instead, it came with a strong commitment that focused on direct aid, infrastructure and transportation projects, as well as mutually beneficial economic partnerships.

  • 6 June

    Russia’s Power Game in Libya

    Russia, under Vladimir Putin, has expanded its influence in Libya as a key supporter of Khalifa Haftar’s war. Yet Moscow often operates pragmatically and will surely adapt its strategy as Haftar is losing ground.

  • 4 June

    Five Ways That the Coronavirus Should Transform the EU

    The European Commission’s response to the coronavirus faces at least five fundamental challenges – all of which create significant opportunities for Europe.

May, 2020

  • 23 May

    It’s Turkey’s Libya Now

    European countries should try to revive the political approach to resolving the Libya conflict, particularly given that Turkey may want to do so from its current position of strength.

  • 19 May

    Foreign Policy After COVID: A Checklist for a New World

    Both national and European identity will be essential to forging foreign policy after the crisis – and to taking on competing claims from sovereigntists.

  • 18 May

    US Military Drawdown in Saudi Arabia Threatens to Fuel Arms Race

    The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw Patriot anti-missile defense batteries from Saudi Arabia is likely to fuel an already brewing arms race as the kingdom attempts to catch-up with Iran’s nuclear development as well as its space, ballistic missile, and drone capabilities.

  • 16 May

    Global Military Expenditure Sees Largest Annual Increase in a Decade

    Global military spending in 2019 represented 2.2 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), which equates to approximately $249 per person.

  • 14 May

    How Africa Can Reduce COVID-19’s Impact on Displaced Persons

    Swift positions taken by the AU could be stymied by ongoing conflicts, funding shortfalls and border closures.

  • 13 May

    Which Middle Eastern Regional Power Will Win Afghanistan?

    As the US prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan, the regional powers of the Middle East will have a chance to expand their spheres of influence to the war-torn country. Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will soon take their competition to the next level.