Strategic implications of the ambush in Niger

The October jihadist ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead has raised questions about the extent to which US military personnel should assist local military operations overseas. It has also produced controversy about civil-military relations in the Trump administration.

Spain’s Catalan separatist crisis

If Catalan voters re-assert independence in forthcoming elections, the political crisis witnessed over the past several months could deepen.

Kurdistan after the referendum

Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened.

Peace in Colombia and the ELN

While a viable peace agreement with the National Liberation Army would put Colombia on a path to comprehensive peace, the ceasefire announced has attracted both hope and scepticism.

The Rohingya crisis

The mass exodus of some 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, triggered by the Myanmar government's repressive policies, has produced a severe humanitarian crisis and geopolitical disruption in the region.

US Indian Ocean strategy

The US is likely to use the region as a staging area for counter-terrorism efforts in and around the Persian Gulf, and as a secondary theatre in the country's deepening strategic competition with China.

US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

US President Donald Trump's new 'Afghanistan and South Asia' policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors.

The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed.