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Ukraine's election: springboard for change?

Elections to Ukraine's parliament should result in a new government that reflects the political changes that have occurred in the country since late 2013. But if it is not able to implement long-overdue institutional reforms, there is a substantial risk of another political crisis in the next few years.

Libya's civil war no closer to resolution

Libya Dawn’s gambit of breaking with parliament and seizing Tripoli has yet to deliver a solid return. If no compromise with parliament can be agreed, war is likely to continue.

Central African Republic: new UN mission

The success of MINUSCA in the CAR will depend on its ability to adapt to the shifting dynamics of a conflict that has gripped the country since 2013.

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 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. But questions remain about whether one or two ships will enter service, and about the aircraft that will be on board.