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Russia’s naval modernisation will take time

In terms of sheer numbers, Russian naval power has diminished considerably since the end of the Cold War. However, following the collapse in Russian defence spending in the 1990s and early 2000s, there have been marked increases in recent years. This has allowed for substantial reinvestment and a revival of naval capability.


Britain in Europe: battle commences

While some of the changes to Britain’s relationship with the EU that PM David Cameron is seeking will be hard for members to stomach, others seem quite achievable.

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Turkey: more domestic turbulence ahead

President Erdogan is likely to regard Turkey’s November election as a vindication and implicit endorsement of the authoritarian methods he has increasingly adopted in recent years.

Malaysia’s political challenges

Many Malaysians are concerned by evidence of a growing political polarisation along ethnic and religious lines.

Tunisia’s democracy faces economic challenges

Increasing efforts to aid Tunisia have come from the international community during the past year, as concern mounts that terrorism and economic malaise may erode faith in the democratic system.

Climate change: divisions persist ahead of Paris

Negotiations at the forthcoming Paris climate-change summit are likely to be difficult and intense, regardless of the level of momentum and political will for achieving a binding agreement.

EU’s naval mission in Mediterranean sets precedents

Aiming to disrupt the ‘business model’ of traffickers and to save lives, Operation Sophia also marks an important shift in EU foreign policy.

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China’s ambitious Silk Road vision

Until recently, there had been much uncertainty surrounding China’s initiative to build links between its economy and those of Central and Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean region, the Middle East and Europe. Sceptics questioned whether it could live up to the ambitious goals set by Beijing, but large-scale projects are already under way under the ‘One Belt, One Road’ banner.