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Iran nuclear talks extended for four more months

Deep differences over the allowable size of Iran's nuclear programme and how long restrictions on it should remain in place proved insurmountable in the latest round of negotiations. Iran and the six powers known as the E3+3 now have a further four months to determine whether they can summon the political will to bridge the gap.

Egypt's economic crisis challenges El-Sisi

Egypt's new president faces daunting challenges as he seeks to bring the country's economy back to health while attempting to restore political stability.

Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold

Libya's Muslim Brotherhood fear that impending congressional elections could lead to a purge against them similar to that of Egypt. Without elections, Libya seems set for prolonged conflict.

Ukraine: risks to economic stabilisation

A far-reaching IMF programme could transform Ukraine's ailing economy and business climate, but it remains to be seen whether the new government can stick to its conditions.

Russia's motives in Ukraine

Russia's campaign to undermine Kiev was motivated by a need to protect its national interests in Ukraine. In annexing Crimea, Putin was seeking to prevent a strategic catastrophe for Moscow.

North Korean lessons for an Iranian nuclear accord

The North Korean experience has demonstrated the utility of freezing a nuclear programme, indicating that an imperfect deal with Iran could be preferable to insisting on dismantlement.

Philippines–China dispute: a sign of regional shifts

Manila's desire to invite legal scrutiny of Beijing's claim to nearly the entire South China Sea reflects a subtle shift in the responses of regional states to China's recent assertiveness.

Challenges for India's new naval chief

India's new navy chief will face tough choices as he seeks to raise the operational preparedness of the world's fifth-largest navy.