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China’s currency: faster steps towards global use

The arrival of the renminbi as a global reserve currency seems inevitable, underlining China’s position as a global economic power.

EU’s future tested by migrants, Greece and UK

Recent crises reveal an increasing tendency among European Union members to pursue narrow national interests rather than to formulate and stick to common positions.

Libya’s fragmented conflict resists solutions

While Libya’s civil war notionally has two sides, each is made up of a multitude of militias and factions with ever-changing internal dynamics.

Thailand’s troubled politics

A bomb attack in the Thai capital, Bangkok, on 17 August 2015 has again focused international attention on the country’s turbulent domestic politics. 

China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea

For China’s neighbours, the most worrying aspect of its land-reclamation works in the South China Sea is that it is unilaterally changing the status quo.

Iran’s nuclear agreement: the terms

If faithfully implemented, the agreement reached on 14 July will put off the threat of a nuclear weapon for 15 years, and remove Iran from its economic and political isolation.

Communications interception: UK report seeks legal reform

The UK produces the most detailed examination of official interception of communications yet.

Russian air patrols: long-range ambitions

For the Russian air force, long-range bomber missions are an opportunity to improve crew performance through the planning associated with such long sorties, regular air-to-air refuelling and increased training. For NATO members, the missions serve as a reminder that the Russian air force still retains an extended-range strike capability that the Alliance must factor into its collective air defence needs.