© AFP/Getty Images

Latest Comment

ISIS gains ground in sub-Saharan Africa

ISIS has had a varying degree of success in making inroads among sub-Saharan African jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda. The latter still exerts strong influence, especially in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Jihadist groups based in Africa are primarily focused on local agendas that are at odds with the international ambitions of ISIS.

© Scott Olson/Getty Images

US election: Clinton versus whom?

With such a crowded field, predicting the future of the Republican contest is more difficult than usual.

© Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar: the challenges of power

Despite the National League for Democracy’s resounding victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 general election, the country’s political future is far from clear.

India’s new maritime strategy

In a departure from the attitudes of past governments, the Modi administration perceives the Indian Ocean as a foreign-policy priority.

UK augments military and counter-terrorism capacities

While it does not represent a substantial change in direction, Britain’s defence and security review offers a credible plan to improve, modernise and increase UK security.

Russia’s naval modernisation will take time

Following the collapse in Russian defence spending in the 1990s and early 2000s, there have been marked increases in recent years. This has allowed for a revival of naval capability.

Britain in Europe: battle commences

While some of the changes to Britain’s relationship with the EU that PM David Cameron is seeking will be hard for members to stomach, others seem quite achievable.

© OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey: more domestic turbulence ahead

President Erdogan is likely to regard Turkey’s 1 November election as a vindication and implicit electoral endorsement of the authoritarian methods he has increasingly adopted in recent years. There is a high risk of an escalation in civil unrest, as young Kurds seek greater cultural and political rights.