Perhaps the prime minister is simply trying to create a new and bold impression with these kinds of moves. But such an impression will come at a great cost to British interests, and bring no benefits at all. On a cross-party basis, we urgently need a unified course correction before irrevocable damage is done.
Finland and Sweden’s expected accession to NATO is the most significant collateral damage incurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine yet.
Kenya’s electoral process and democratic progress offer lessons for other countries in the Horn of Africa. However, further reforms are needed to strengthen the judiciary, enhance women’s political representation, and support civic spaces.
Bulgaria's general election should have identified whether voters were willing tolerate state capture and corruption. The return of Boyko Borissov demonstrates the resilience of the status quo, which relies on a shaky coalition that includes kleptocrats, oligarchs, opportunists and far-right populists.
Turkey’s positioning as the antithesis of European values, as well as its relationship with Russia, should raise questions about Ankara’s presence in the proposed European Political Community. The EU must not abandon its own principles and convictions in the name of realpolitik.
Subtle differences in wording can have major impacts on some of the most important problems facing policymakers.
Amid the war in Ukraine, Moscow continues to build bridges in the Middle East.
There are, however, only two ways to increase consumption. One involves expansion in household debt, which Chinese financial authorities are trying to discourage.
As China emerges this month from the all-important 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), its leadership will have to confront the most difficult set of economic choices it has faced in decades.
Naturally, globalization is not invulnerable and not all its consequences are positive. The levels of inequality that coexist with globalization are unacceptable, for example.
Vijay Gokhale explains China's strategic competition with the U.S. and its view towards the rest of the world.
As more Russians flee to neighboring countries and more nationals of those countries go to fight in Ukraine, their governments will find it increasingly difficult to ignore these developments.
So, if you put all those three together: media coverage, party structure, and Borisov's appeal, and the worsening economic situation, including the somewhat hysterical debate around gas prices, you can understand why GERB did reasonably well at the polls.
The honest answer is that no one knows for sure. But what can be said with reasonable certainty is that the hypothetical downfall of Putin, as morally satisfying as it would be, is unlikely to be simple and straightforward. Nor should anyone assume that a Russia without Putin would make the west more secure.
Africa’s mobile phone market is one area where U.S.-China technology decoupling will be evident, an industry at the heart of Africa’s digital transformation.
From Andrew Jackson to Vladimir Putin, Francis Fukuyama examines the integral role of bureaucratic expertise in America.
As Europe, and the world, slowly awakens from its slumber when it comes to the mainstreaming of the far right, it has to consider the wider consequences to its own national security, as these destructive forces take aim at the fundamental principles that underpin the likes of the EU.
While Brazil's economic elites still overwhelmingly support President Jair Bolsonaro, the former Army captain is deeply unpopular among international (and particularly Western) elites. He is generally seen as an environmental villain, Covid denialist, and a direct threat to Brazil's democracy.
The next four weeks are likely to be shaped by intensifying polarization and high risk of increased political violence.
The contrast between the different polls predicting Labour versus Conservative electoral support is significant, making it difficult to determine how much of a chance the latter has of regaining ground. However, it is likely that the Tories will not recover enough to avoid defeat.