Brazil's political and economic crisis

Brazilian Interim President Michel Temer will probably serve out impeached President Dilma Rousseff's term. He is compelled to deal urgently with Brazil's distressed economy and scandalous corruption. But his lack of an electoral mandate, unpopularity and initial obduracy in appointing an all-white, all-male cabinet – perceived negatively as 'business as usual' backroom politics – cast doubt on his ability to do so effectively.

The last Nuclear Security Summit

The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC marked the culmination of a seven-year process of improving the security of nuclear and radioactive materials.

China's shaky trade figures and their ramifications

Statistical problems and anomalies are arising with respect to China's troubled economy, bringing into doubt some bedrock economic indicators.

The UK Brexit vote and its potential strategic impact

'Brexit' would pose serious economic and political risks to the UK and significantly diminish the EU's size and clout.

The tenuous diplomacy of the Syrian conflict

International diplomacy with respect to the Syria has been generally ineffective. But prospects for a political solution are improving.

Turkey’s diminishing policy options in Syria

Ankara currently appears caught between its inability to realise its regional objectives with respect to Syria and its refusal to moderate them.

After Brussels

In the wake of the recent attacks in Brussels, unity among Europe’s policymakers remains key to securing the continent against terrorism and addressing the root causes of Muslim radicalisation.

The commodities supercycle’s end and political risk

The end of the commodities supercycle has strained the economies of net exporters, prompting budget cuts and other drastic remedial action that have in many cases reduced government assistance to general populations and produced shortages of basic goods and services. As a result, popular discontent and instability have broadly increased political risk.