Search our archive

After Doha: rejecting dystopia by default

By Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes in Environment, January 9, 2013

Fear and insecurity are filling the void left by our governments’ inaction on climate change but framing Climate Change as a security problem may only perpetuate that.

Political Change in the CAR

By Daniel Wagner - Giorgio Cafiero in Politics,

As was the case in Mali, recent events in the Central African Republic (CAR) have the potential to profoundly impact the dynamics of political change in Africa, where the plethora of failed or failing states provides a ripe breeding ground for extremists to assume power.

Russia’s Oprichnik Economy

By Andrei Zaostrovtsev in Economics and Finance, January 8, 2013

Owning a business in Russia today is a hazardous affair: each year thousands of companies close after their owners are accused of ‘economic crimes’ and face either prison or protection payments to government officials.

Talking to the other side

By Antonio Giustozzi - Ashley Jackson in Politics,

Humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan will become crucial. Aid agency engagement with the Taliban will be critical to ensuring they can still operate after 2014. Research published by ODI explores Taliban attitudes toward aid work and the approaches used by aid agencies to gain access to Taliban-held areas.

The unmaking of Syria

By Issa Khalaf in Politics, January 7, 2013

Everything about Syria is steeped in miasma: is this conflict politically and sociologically definable as a civil war? Has it become a sectarian war? How strong and widespread is the Salafist (and global Jihadi) presence?

Ground the Drones in 2013

By Imran Khan in Politics, January 4, 2013

The Chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf political party and former captain of the national cricket team, Imran Khan, is leading a popular campaign against the indiscriminate brutality of US drone strikes in Pakistan that are “driving fear into every living soul in the tribal areas”.

Turkey’s Energy Challenges

By Daniel Wagner - Giorgio Cafiero in Features, January 3, 2013

Ankara will soon be confronted with some difficult foreign policy decisions that could affect its long-term energy interests. The discovery of vast reserves of natural gas off the coasts of Cyprus and Israel could oblige Turkey to resolve longstanding disputes with its neighbours.

Mark Mazower: Governing the World

By Lev Myshkin in Features, December 19, 2012

A thought-provoking and eminently readable history of an idea: “governing the world” traced from its visionary roots in the 19th century up to the founding of the UN, the World Bank and the IMF.

China’s Dream Team

By Stephen S. Roach in Politics,

China’s recent leadership transition was widely depicted as a triumph for conservative hard-liners and a setback for the cause of reform – a characterization that has deepened the gloominess that pervades Western perceptions of China. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

The Power of Hakkari 72:0

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere in Travel Writing,

Founded by a dynamic young Kurdish woman, the Hakkari Power women’s football team from south-eastern Turkey has an enviable score record and a growing number of players. Currently at the top of the second division, the team has broken down taboos in a traditionally conservative region.