Hurst regularly publishes articles, comment and analysis from its world-class list of authors. Keep up to date on Twitter, Facebook or by RSS. You can also join our email list for monthly updates.

© Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.5

UN peacekeeping forces continue to have a squalid record of sexual abuse – Rosa Freedman asks how thy can be held accountable amidst a culture of impunity.

Author: Mstyslav Chernov

Fortress Europe opened its gates last summer. The tragedy in Paris has threatened to slam them shut again.

Source: Flickr- Wahlkampf in Nigeria 2015

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.

British soldier in Helmand
04.01.16 | Mike Martin
Crisis and confusion in Helmand

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.

17.12.15 | Madawi Al-Rasheed
Wahhabi religious nationalism turns ugly

Wahhabi Islam has replaced national identity with a doctrine that encourages intolerance and terrorism, explains Madawi Al-Rasheed.

Exterior of the Bataclan theatre the day after the attacks

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.


To call Molenbeek a terrorism capital is an exaggeration at best. Focusing on local socio-economic factors obscures European jihadism’s transnational nature.

Source: Voice of America

Presidents Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping of Taiwan and China meet for a historic photo-op, but little else comes from the summit that shocked the world media


What might the consequences be for Putin if the Sinai flight disaster proves to have been the work of terrorists?

Author: 'Dying Regime'
26.10.15 | J. J. Robinson
Sun, sand and suspicion

The Maldives’ dramatic internecine battle between the re-established regime’s strongmen continues as Vice President Adeeb is arrested on the airport tarmac.

Sri Lankan Tamil civilians are displaced in the Vanni, 2009
19.10.15 | Mark Salter
Sri Lanka and the Politics of Justice

Truth and reconciliation is a project which inevitably needs to balance short term politics against long term justice. There are signs that Sri Lanka’s new government understands the challenge.

28.09.15 | Andrew Arsan
Beirut in the sandstorm

Andrew Arsan on Lebanon’s ‘You Stink’ protest movement; carnivalesque demonstrations, the bubbling anger of Beirut’s youth, and rubbish piled in the streets