Periscope – World in Focus

November, 2020

  • 16 November

    Here is Why an All-out Civil War is Possible in Ethiopia

    If Tigray continues to engage with government forces, it could encourage other dissenting groups to do the same and potentially draw neighboring states into the conflict.

  • 11 November

    Why Populism in Europe Will Survive Trump’s Defeat

    There are three reasons European populists may still thrive in the post-Trump era.

  • 11 November

    Confronting Islamophobia with Dialogue

    What happened in France was wrong, the beheading was brutal and despicable, and in the circumstances the reaction of the French President was emotional but it was also wrong.  However, we must engage France (and the French President) in dialogue, not get engaged in overlapping emotions that could lead to more violence.

  • 5 November

    How Europe is Losing the Great Power Competition in Africa

    European activities in Africa risk unwittingly drifting onto territory contested by the US and China on their own terms.

September, 2020

  • 5 September

    The ‘Abraham Accord’

    Though consequences are not yet fully clear the recently concluded Abraham Accord does not bode well for the Palestinians. Arab solidarity, always on shaky ground, has taken another hit. Also, it has started debate in Pakistan on the recognition of the Jewish state.

July, 2020

  • 2 July

    View from Thailand: US Loses Myanmar to China?

    Only time will tell whether or not Myanmar will reciprocate to Beijing’s overtures, but owing to the lack of alternatives offered by Washington, Myanmar seems to have a very simple choice to make.

June, 2020

  • 28 June

    Tensions Rise Over Ethiopia’s Nile Dam

    The rains are coming and the dam water levels – and tensions – will soon begin to rise. Solutions that work for all parties must be found, and quickly.

  • 26 June

    US-China Rivalry: Gulf States Struggle to Hedge Their Bets

    The Trump administration’s quest to curb relationships between its allies in the Middle East and China offers a preview of how big power rivalry in the region is likely to unfold. It also suggests the limits on the United States’ ability to reduce its commitment to regional security.

  • 24 June

    Hajj Cancellation Due to a Pandemic is Not the First Time

    There are many instances in the more than 1,400-year history of the pilgrimage when its planning had to be altered due to armed conflicts, disease or just plain politics.

  • 24 June

    How Illegal Mining is Driving Local Conflicts in Nigeria

    Criminal networks fuel community violence in a bid to exploit untapped mineral deposits in the North West where around 80% of mining is carried out illegally and on an artisanal basis.