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Central African Republic: new UN mission

The success of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR will depend on its ability to adapt to the shifting dynamics of a conflict that has gripped the country since early 2013. It hopes to succeed where eight previous peacekeeping missions since 1979 have failed.

Scots say 'no', but risks for UK remain

Although the result of the Scottish referendum on independence was clear, it heralds a new period of uncertainty for the UK.

NATO summit: reassurance and effective responses

Events in Ukraine and northern Iraq dramatically increased the significance of NATO's September summit. It marked a turning point for the Alliance.

New approaches to Central American organised crime

New security policies to tackle transnational criminal groups are symptomatic of the limitations of local police forces, as well as of the drawbacks of relying too heavily on military interventions.

Challenges for India's new government

If the BJP's Narendra Modi is to boost economic growth and investor confidence in India, he will need to reach out to his opponents.

UK aircraft carrier: projecting military power

The July launch of the UK's biggest-ever warship was an important step forward for its aircraft-carrier programme.

Vietnam: maritime spat stirs domestic dissent

New opportunities for political expression have increased the pressure on the Communist Party and state to respond firmly to Beijing's assertive behaviour in the South China Sea.

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.