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The first meeting of a Chinese and Taiwanese president comes ahead of 2016 elections in Taiwan tipped to bring a stark change of government and policy, says Alexander Neill.
22 January 2016.
As China seeks to gain greater economic leverage in the Middle East it may find itself drawn into the region's security problems, despite Beijing's long-held policy of non-alignment, says Alexander Neill.
19 January 2016.
History is essential to any understanding of the modern Middle East, but taking the trouble to understand the roots and contexts of current conflicts is not easy, says Sir John Jenkins
18 January 2016.
Despite the peace deal signed in August 2015, violence continues in South Sudan, and President Salva Kiir’s recent decision to increase the number of states in the country threatens the implementation of the agreement
18 January 2016.
Having apparently been able to advance both its nuclear and missile programmes under existing bans, the DPRK seems happy to remain internationally isolated
15 January 2016.
With the pro-independence DPP leading in the polls, cross-strait relations could move into uncharted territory after this weekend’s vote
12 January 2016.
Iran reacted angrily to Saudi Arabia’s recent execution of a prominent Shia cleric and others. Meanwhile, some ISIS and al-Qaeda jihadis are threatening revenge for the 43 Sunnis among those executed
11 January 2016.
Kurdish–Arab frictions are at an all-time high in Syria, and the fight against ISIS in Iraq has exacerbated competition between rival Kurdish factions. These tensions have recently sparked outright conflict and can threaten potential political settlements
08 January 2016.
With Implementation Day just around the corner, the cooperation between Iran and the US is extraordinary. Although non-nuclear problems persist in the region, Mark Fitzpatrick is optimistic
06 January 2016.
The nuclear test carried out by North Korea on 6 January is unlikely to have been of the powerful hydrogen bomb it claims. Nevertheless, the blast increases North Korea’s confidence that it has a useable device
18 December 2015.
ISIS-affiliated group Sinai Province claimed responsibility for downing the Russian jet that crashed on 31 October. The incident highlighted a failure on the part of the Egyptian security services to contain the group’s activities, but also has severe implications for Egypt’s economy and long-term stability.
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