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Egypt: out of control?
By Issandr El Amrani

Egypt appears to be spinning out of control. The current crisis is a prolongation of the crisis that emerged late last year over a decree by President Morsi suspending some judicial decisions and giving himself additional powers, followed by the rush to approve a new constitution.

China’s Sudan Challenge
By Giorgio Cafiero

Can China manage an effective partnership with both Sudans? Sudan’s 2011 partition has presented China with a new set of challenges. Beijing will be challenged to advance its interests in the Sudans while upholding its foreign policy principle of non-intervention in other states’ affairs.

Lake Nemi: Diana’s Sacred Grove
By Ludovico Pisani

The remains of Ancient Rome's most mysterious and violent cult, dedicated to the goddess Diana, can still be found on the shores of Lake Nemi, near Rome. Archaeologist Ludovico Pisani guides us through the legends surrounding the "Rex Nemorensis", the high priest who was obliged to murder his predecessor.

Cliffs avoided, mountains ahead
By Olivier Blanchard

Olivier Blanchard, the IMF's Chief Economist, argues that important progress has been made by putting the crisis behind us but that recovery continues to be hampered by the need for fiscal consolidation and a weak financial system.

The Economic Fundamentals of 2013
By Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini, Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics takes a look ahead at what awaits us in 2013. US fiscal policy, the Eurozone, the BRICs, China and the Middle East are all giving cause for worry.

Why Russia is not Losing Siberia
By Ben Judah

The Yellow Peril was a feature of life in Soviet times and the demographics on either side of the Russia-China border do little to convince the fearful that Siberia will not be colonised by the Chinese.

Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest
By Allston Mitchell

In Susan Brigden's new biography of the poet and diplomat Thomas Wyatt, the first truly modern voice in poetry is revealed as a canny player in the capricious and dangerous court of Henry VIII. A complex and flawed man of great genius whose poems were of unrivalled originality.

Have We Solved ‘Too Big to Fail’?
By Andrew G. Haldane

The Sub-prime Crisis became the Global Crisis when one too-big-to-fail bank was allowed to fail. Andrew Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability, at the Bank of England. argues that too-big-to-fail is far from gone despite years of reform efforts.

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