Venezuela’s deepening crisis

Venezuela's currency has collapsed, and shortages of food and medicine have produced widespread poverty and malnutrition. President Nicolás Maduro is increasingly autocratic and the country appears to be moving towards a political tipping point in favour of the opposition.

Trump’s erratic Middle East policy

The Trump administration's Middle East policy has become impulsive and inconsistent, as with its intervention in Qatar's dispute with other Gulf countries and Egypt.

NATO’s continuing adaptation

Despite Donald Trump's noted hectoring on European NATO defence spending, several European NATO countries have been modestly increasing their spending for some time.

China’s strategic power in Asia-Pacific grows

In the absence of a robust or coherent US policy for the Asia-Pacific, China appears to have gained the upper hand in terms of the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific.

Eroding democracies in the Balkans

Although rumours of war in the Balkans are overblown, the region has acquired greater strategic resonance recently, due to Russia's intensifying interest and jihadist activity.

What lies ahead for South Korea?

South Korea's new president faces stiff domestic challenges and is less inclined towards confrontation with North Korea than either his predecessor or the Trump administration.

The Manchester terrorist bombing

The jihadist bombing in Manchester followed a grimly familiar pattern: an individual with Middle Eastern roots but born in his Western host country, radicalised, and chose a ‘soft’ target.

Macron and the world

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, while inexperienced in international affairs, is inclined to return France to a de Gaulle/Mitterand tradition of national assertiveness. At the same time, his native prudence, as well as the geostrategic realities of the early twenty-first century, suggest more continuity than change.