Western efforts to implement a ‘New Silk Road’ to bring stability and prosperity to Afghanistan are doomed to failure, ignoring as they do the myriad Actually Existing Silk Roads that Afghan traders have informally built, argues Magnus Marsden.
Luis Martinez and Rasmus Alenius Boserup, editors of Algeria Modern, explain how the Algerian state has weathered the Arab Spring and domestic unrest.
A new study suggests that European governments may have deliberately allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants to cross their borders to provide a source of cheap labour.
In a world of low oil prices, local content can make petro-development more realistic for African oil and gas producers, not less.
Collateral damage is neither actively sanctioned nor a war crime, and this uncertainty means the perpetrators hold no responsibility to the victims.
UN peacekeeping forces continue to have a squalid record of sexual abuse – Rosa Freedman asks how they can be held accountable amidst a culture of impunity.
Fortress Europe opened its gates last summer. The tragedy in Paris has threatened to slam them shut again.
Though Africa saw thirteen national elections in 2015, only two countries, Nigeria and Tanzania, saw a change at the top. The new presidents have targeted corruption with encouraging results, explains Keith Somerville.
The British SAS have returned to Sangin district in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, ostensibly to tackle a resurgent Taliban offensive. Local dynamics belie this simplistic analysis, as Mike Martin explains.
Wahhabi Islam has replaced national identity with a doctrine that encourages intolerance and terrorism, explains Madawi Al-Rasheed.
In the wake of the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015, Jean-Pierre Filiu is interviewed on ISIS and the European response. Interviewer: Zachary Laub, Online Writer/Editor at the Council on Foreign Relations.