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The long retreat of the British-Indian army fighting in Burma during 1942 was given good coverage in the western press. Philip Woods’ new book is the first scholarly analysis of media coverage of this retreat, focusing on newsreel, magazine and newspaper correspondents.


A massive freight train from China, dubbed the ‘East Wind’, arrives in Barking, London. A courier of thousands of cheap Chinese goods, it is also marks changing times for global trade.


Somalis are returning from exile to help rebuild Mogadishu, but continue to face the threat of violence and an impenetrable bureaucracy.

06.01.17 | Bram Posthumus
What is China doing in Guinea?

What is China doing in Guinea, and why have mining operations in the country stalled?

28.10.16 | Martin Plaut
Did Eritrean pilots defect to Ethiopia?

Two Eritrean pilots are reported to have defected to Ethiopia. Martin Plaut investigates what truth there is to the story.


A look at the contentious Indus Waters Treaty to discuss the recent tensions between India and Pakistan over water sharing following the Uri attack.

03.10.16 | Dickie Davis David Kilcullen Greg Mills David Spencer
Winning Colombia’s Peace: A Great Perhaps?

Colombia’s narrow rejection of a historic peace accord with the FARC has cast doubt upon the country’s future. What hope now for peace?


Disputing theories which predicted the demise of nationalism, director of CERI Sciences Po, Alain Dieckhoff dissects the future of the modern nation-state.

05.09.16 | George Kassimeris Leonie B Jackson
The Burkini Ban and the Dangerous Consequences of Coercive Undressing

France’s burkini ban reveals a broader trend within Europe, where an entitlement to feel ‘comfortable’ takes precedence over Muslim women’s right to veil.


Burundi’s President Nkurunziza continues to preside over human rights abuses, regional isolation, and increasingly militant protests against his rule.

demonstrations in aden 1967

The Chilcot report will, at long last, draw lessons from the 2003 Iraq war – which was probably Britain’s worst strategic blunder since Suez in 1956.


A new report charges lapis lazuli smugglers with funding the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan. But traders should not be scapegoated, argues Magnus Marsden.