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Challenges for India's new government

Although the convincing election victory achieved by Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promises a foundation of stability in India’s government, Modi is to boost economic growth and investor confidence will still need to reach out to his opponents.

UK aircraft carrier: projecting military power

The July launch of the UK's biggest-ever warship was an important step forward for its aircraft-carrier programme.

Vietnam: maritime spat stirs domestic dissent

New opportunities for political expression have increased the pressure on the Communist Party and state to respond firmly to Beijing's assertive behaviour in the South China Sea.

Iran nuclear talks extended for four more months

Deep differences over the allowable size of Iran's nuclear programme and how long restrictions on it should remain in place proved insurmountable in the latest round of negotiations.

Egypt's economic crisis challenges El-Sisi

Egypt's new president faces daunting challenges as he seeks to bring the country's economy back to health while attempting to restore political stability.

Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold

Members of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood feared that congressional elections could lead to a purge against them similar to that of Egypt.

Ukraine: risks to economic stabilisation

A far-reaching IMF programme could transform Ukraine's ailing economy and business climate, but it remains to be seen whether the new government can stick to its conditions.

Russia's motives in Ukraine

Russia's campaign to undermine Kiev suggests was motivated by a need to protect its national interests in Ukraine. In annexing Crimea, Putin was seeking to prevent a strategic catastrophe for Moscow.