Periscope – World in Focus

July, 2022

  • 9 July

    Shooting of Shinzo Abe is a Huge Shock for Japan and the World

    The 2022 Upper House election will now remain under the shadow of one of the most disturbing events in Japan’s modern political history.

  • 8 July

    Boris Johnson Resigns as PM – Here’s Who Could Replace Him

    Johnson was not a typical leader, and his successor will have a difficult job. They will need to strengthen the Conservative party before the next general election (which could come sooner rather than later). They will need to distance themselves from the more problematic aspects of Johnson’s legacy, while steadying the ship and appealing to the electorate.

  • 5 July

    Uzbekistan Protests Both a History Lesson and Warning for West

    The tiny independent region of Karakalpakstan is one of many places chafing against arbitrary borders imposed by former empires.

April, 2022

  • 24 April

    Ukraine War: A Revitalized Non-aligned Movement Could Emerge

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said pointedly that his country “will not take sides.” Indian leaders have reaffirmed their policy of nonalignment, implying that their nation will seek to stay out of the fight. South Africa, Pakistan and numerous other nations are following a similar path.

March, 2022

  • 16 March

    Pakistan in Political Turmoil – Five Unanswered Questions

    If the no-confidence move succeeds, there is no guarantee that it will bring political and economic stability. And if it fails, it is unlikely to bring the political tensions down. Thus political instability may haunt Pakistan until the next elections.

  • 15 March

    Israeli President Visits Turkey: Message for Indonesia, Malaysia & Pakistan

    What message Israeli President Isaac Herzog's visit to Turkey carry for other Muslim countries?

February, 2022

  • 25 February

    War of Obsession: Why Putin is Risking Russia’s Future

    The invasion marks the beginning of a new era for not just the European security order but also Russian society.

  • 21 February

    The Man from Misrata: Why Libya Has Two Prime Ministers (Again)

    Instead of progressing towards a legitimate government that can finally stabilize the country, Libyans are once again hostages to a showdown between two self-serving centers of power. This situation threatens to generate a new wave of violence in the capital and beyond.

  • 9 February

    Why the War in Ukraine Could Reshape the European Nuclear Order

    Another Russian attack on Ukraine would jeopardize talks between Washington and Moscow on strategic stability and a follow-on agreement to New START.

January, 2022

  • 31 January

    Why Europe Has no Say in the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    In talks on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Europeans have been reduced to demanding consultations with their American partners. Americans are happy to oblige but, so long Europeans are unable to form a unified front or even present many ideas, those consultations will not have much effect on US plans.