• Politics and Strategy

    Catalonia: identity politics and political mobilisation

    02 October 2017.  Erik Jones explores the damage done to Spanish democracy by the conflict over voting for Catalonian independence.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Macron’s European vision

    09 October 2017.  Fabrice Pothier interprets French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech as heralding a bold and ambitious – if not essentially new – strategy for French leadership in the European Union.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Trump’s travel ban: clumsy, ineffective and wrong

    18 October 2017.  The latest version of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban is as factually baseless and counterproductive as its predecessors.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Fixing an Iran nuclear deal that ain’t broke

    23 October 2017.  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not perfect, and its implementation can be improved. But the US Congress must avoid taking actions that would kill the deal.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Deja Vu in Kenya?

    26 October 2017.  A decade after deadly election violence swept Kenya, another presidential vote has brought fresh unrest. Jonathan Stevenson says an improved voting process would ease the country's underlying ethnic and political tensions.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Pitiful North Korean diplomacy

    25 October 2017.  Military conflict over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes is a serious possibility, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Politics and Strategy

    How will the Islamic State endure?

    31 October 2017.  The credibility of the Islamic State may be undermined, but the security threat it poses should not be underestimated.

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  • Politics and Strategy
    23 May 2018

    Pompeo’s 12 angry demands won’t restrain Iran

    The Iran strategy outlined in Mike Pompeo’s speech is not viable, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Politics and Strategy
    16 May 2018

    On-again, off-again Korean summit

    The planned involvement of B-52 bombers and F-22 stealth fighters in US-South Korea military exercises may explain Pyongyang's sudden anger.

  • Politics and Strategy
    01 May 2018

    Iran nuclear deal on the ropes

    Anticipating Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, Mark Fitzpatrick and Dana Allin look at why the Europeans should strive with all their power to preserve the accord.

  • Politics and Strategy
    27 April 2018

    On the mountaintop with North Korea

    The effusive goals set by the historic North–South Korea summit on 27 April set the stage for the forthcoming US–North Korea summit. Pyongyang’s historic refusal of tight verification measures is but one reason to doubt its fidelity to denuclearisation. Yet...

  • Politics and Strategy
    19 April 2018

    Macron, l’américain?

    While French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump may be worlds apart, Fabrice Pothier examines the issues on which they share common ground.