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Europe Security

Sweden’s air-defense system is due for a major upgrade

Sweden’s outdated air-defense system spurs fierce competition over a billion-dollar contract, signaling growing security concerns.

Europe Politics

The dangers of Europe’s failure to defend democracy

Europe is increasingly holding back when faced with clear violators of democratic norms, from the far-flung DRC to neighbouring countries like Turkey. The ramifications end up jeopardising Europe’s own security. Earlier

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Space launch vehicles and rockets, sanctions and agreements: The issue of compliance

The relationship between Iran and the US appears to be evolving within a framework of political posturing and an international governance system.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Implications of Iran gas deal with France’s Total

Iran has concluded a $5.9 billion deal with a consortium led by French Total, a victory for Hassan Rouhani’s administration and even prospective investors.

Europe

The real game Macron is playing with Fincantieri and STX

A few days ago, Macron temporarily nationalised STX France’s shipyard to prevent the Italian company Fincantieri’s acquisition of STX.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

France and the U.K. go to the polls again. A Corruption scandal hits South Africa. Pakistan and India join the SCO. All in The Week Ahead.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Presidential scandal rocks Brazil. French legislative elections heat up. NATO prepares for Trump. Protests continue in Venezuela. All in The Week Ahead.

Security

Returning foreign fighters: What is the right policy response?

When foreign fighters try to return, they face either hard or soft policy measures: both can have undesired effects and potentially result in further harm.

Europe Politics

France’s legislative election: The vote that can change everything

Sunday night’s vote isn’t the only one to watch. The June 2017 legislative elections have the potential to lead to a major political shift in France.

Europe Politics

French elections: Why winning could be the easiest part for Macron

On May 7, France will vote to elect its president in a runoff between far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and the centrist Emmanuel Macron. Macron is predicted to win but will face political challenges to govern after the elections.