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Japan’s diplomatic overtures to Iran Analyses & Assessments

Japan’s diplomatic overtures to Iran

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe will visit Iran for a rare diplomatic mission - to mediate between the Islamic republic and its ally, the US. Can...

 Kazakhstan: The Legacy of President Nazarbayev Analyses & Assessments

Kazakhstan: The Legacy of President Nazarbayev

On June 9th, 2019, Kazakhstan held a presidential election following the sudden resignation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Election day in the...

Sudan: Any Hope for Democracy? Analyses & Assessments

Sudan: Any Hope for Democracy?

The Republic of Sudan, in Northeast Africa, has seen unending violence since the removal of its dictator by the military. With increased calls coming...

The UNHRC as a Champion of Human Rights Analyses & Assessments

The UNHRC as a Champion of Human Rights

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is arguably the jewel in the crown that is the United Nations system of human rights protection. Following a...

The Decline of Educational Diplomacy in Trump’s America Analyses & Assessments

The Decline of Educational Diplomacy in Trump’s America

The United States of America is home to some of the world’s finest educational institutions. With access to cutting edge technology and research...

Netanyahu fails to form a government Analyses & Assessments

Netanyahu fails to form a government

In the April 2019 general elections in Israel, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to form a coalition government. However, he...

No-deal Brexit: Not an option Analyses & Assessments

No-deal Brexit: Not an option

Prime Minister May has announced her resignation as Conservative party head, paving the way for a new British PM to negotiate Brexit. What was Mrs...

Haftar’s quest for oil dominance Analyses & Assessments

Haftar’s quest for oil dominance

Much of Libya’s civil war has focused on control of the nations’ airports. Why have rival factions concentrated on securing Libya’s airports? What is...

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall Analyses & Assessments

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall

Civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict dropped by almost a quarter in the first three months of the year, amid freezing winter weather and a...

Indonesia’s electoral burdens Analyses & Assessments

Indonesia’s electoral burdens

Indonesia votes in the largest single-day elections in history amidst increasing disunity and identity-driven politics. The Republic of Indonesia is...

Russia gambles on Arctic shipping Analyses & Assessments

Russia gambles on Arctic shipping

Russia plans to invest over US$11 billion in the North Sea Route in a move that could have significant economic and strategic ramifications.

Brexit deadline extended to October Analyses & Assessments

Brexit deadline extended to October

Frustrated European leaders abandoned hope that Britain would sort its departure from the European Union anytime soon, slapping aside a proposal by...

China’s Year of the Pig turns sour Analyses & Assessments

China’s Year of the Pig turns sour

China fights a swine flu epidemic as economic indicators continue to demonstrate a downturn.

Will Brexit happen this month? Analyses & Assessments

Will Brexit happen this month?

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been in talks with opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, to see if they can come up with a common...

Umbrella revolution leaders convicted Analyses & Assessments

Umbrella revolution leaders convicted

Hong Kong’s Occupy movement leaders are convicted for causing a public nuisance, in the latest move by the Chinese sponsored government to stifle...

Iran’s IRGC – A terrorist organization? Analyses & Assessments

Iran’s IRGC – A terrorist organization?

US intends to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist, organization, a move condemned by Tehran. Iran's most...

EU Trade chief criticizes China Analyses & Assessments

EU Trade chief criticizes China

Cecilia Malmstrom has voiced frustration over China’s trade policies ahead of a summit this week as Brussels struggles to get Beijing to deliver on...

Maldives delivers stunning electoral mandate Analyses & Assessments

Maldives delivers stunning electoral mandate

Maldives gives an overwhelming majority to incumbent President Solih’s MDP, in a rebuke of authoritarianism, China’s policies in the archipelago and...

Trump’s second veto? Analyses & Assessments

Trump’s second veto?

The House voted Thursday to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war, denouncing the Saudi-led bombing campaign there as worsening an already dire...

Healthcare sector failing in Venezuela Analyses & Assessments

Healthcare sector failing in Venezuela

Venezuela’s health system is in “utter collapse,” according to a report, including the exponential spread of vaccine-preventable diseases such as...