• Politics and Strategy

    Steven Simon: Israel’s Upcoming Elections

    20 January 2015.  [Editor’s note: an earlier version of this post appeared on The Middle East Institute website on 15 January 2015.] The electoral campaign in Israel is still unfolding, and with about three months to go anything might happen to upend predictions about the outcome. But there are straws in the wind. The Israel Democracy Institute has released poll results that cover a lot of ground, some of it relevant to the upcoming...

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: China in South Asia - From Business to Politics

    13 January 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director, Geo-economics and Strategy It is interesting that so much of the commentary on the surprising outcome of the elections in Sri Lanka last week has a reference to China. The last time one read so many references to the implications of a national election result for China-India relations was when Nepal and then the Maldives went to polls. Indeed, China figured even in the commentary on the...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The Crisis of the Iraqi State

    06 December 2014. 

    What, exactly, does a state need to do to survive? What has brought the Iraqi state to the brink of collapse and can it be rebuilt?

  • Survival

    South Africa: Broken Promises

    01 December 2014.  Travel writer Paul Theroux’s two post-apartheid trips, a decade apart, reveal a growing sense of pessimism about the nation’s politics and prospects.


  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Policy: Why Ukraine must bargain for peace with Russia

    27 November 2014.  The 'let's make a deal' moment has arrived for Kiev and Moscow. But by pushing a hard-line agenda against Putin, the United States and Europe are only making things worse for Ukraine.  

  • Expert Commentary

    VoxUkraine: Catch-22

    24 November 2014.  Ukraine’s reform agenda and the conflict with Russia are interrelated. By putting them in separate intellectual silos, analysts and policy-makers will be blind to the Catch-22 that the new government faces.  

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: US Politics and the Climate Deal

    18 November 2014.  It is now two weeks to the day since President Obama’s party suffered another ‘shellacking’ – though he didn’t use the word this time – in midterm elections. There was much immediate chatter about the president’s supposedly diminished power at home and abroad. In a couple of news interviews and a blog post, I tried to put this in context. In terms of structural power relations in US domestic politics...

  • IISS Voices

    Hanna Ucko Neill: Burkina Faso - a warning for Africa’s strongmen

    14 November 2014.  Will a popular uprising in a relatively stable nation force other African leaders to rethink plans to extend their time in power?

  • News

    Burkina Faso: a warning for Africa’s strongmen

    13 November 2014.  Will a popular uprising in a relatively stable nation force other African leaders to rethink plans to extend their time in power?

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine conflict: risk of escalation remains

    07 November 2014. 

    The Ukraine conflict has been pushed into a new phase by elections in separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk. In spite of attempts to achieve a ceasefire, a renewal of hostilities is possible at any point in the coming months.

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