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Turkey's Syria role risks instability at home, isolation abroad

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters began arriving in Turkey on 29 October on their way to reinforce the besieged Syrian town of Kobane. The decision to allow 200 militia members to transit southern Turkey appeared set to raise domestic security risks while failing to reduce Turkey's isolation in the region.

ISIS: the threat to homeland security

Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups.

Hong Kong's protests hint at deeper problems for China

The current protests reflect underlying political, social and cultural fissures between Hong Kong and mainland China.

Humanitarian Campaign's challenge to nuclear-weapon states

As the next NPT review conference approaches, a new movement to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons is gathering strength.

Ukraine's election: springboard for change?

Ukraine's new parliament will need to implement long-overdue institutional reforms if it is to avoid another political crisis in the next few years.

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.

Central African Republic: new UN mission

The success of MINUSCA in the CAR will depend on its ability to adapt to the shifting dynamics of a conflict that has gripped the country since early 2013.

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Scots say 'no', but risks for UK remain

Although the result of the Scottish referendum on independence was clear, it heralds a new period of uncertainty for the UK. With nationwide constitutional changes promised for early 2015, it is possible that within a few years its composition and constitution could be substantially altered.