A year after Myanmar's first elections in 20 years, the country has taken important steps towards reforming its political system and its economy. It has surprised Burmese citizens and the world with a series of important liberalising measures.

A year after Myanmar's first elections in 20 years, the country has taken important steps towards reforming its political system and its economy. It has surprised Burmese citizens and the world with a series of important liberalising measures. These have not yet, however, led to a relaxation of economic sanctions by the United States and European countries.

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The WannaCry ransomware attack

The worldwide 'WannaCry' ransomware attack of uncertain origin earlier this month did little lasting damage. Nevertheless, it indicated widespread vulnerability to threats from outlier states and non-state actors, which pose the greatest risks to cyber security.

The Kurds’ precarious balancing act in Syria

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s utility to the US-led coalition against Islamic State has bolstered its military capability and territorial position in Syria – despite Turkey's opposition.