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Egypt's economic crisis challenges El-Sisi

Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has taken charge of an economy severely weakened by three years of political chaos. Gulf states have promised considerable financial support, but given Egypt's future needs it will be imperative to cast the financing net as wide as possible.

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.

Syria's war: Assad gains upper hand

The survival of the Assad regime is no longer in question in the medium term, but its ability to rebuild the pretence of a state remains in doubt, given its limited resources, internal contradictions and the reality of soft partition.