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Schengen is cracking – Can the EU withstand the pressure?

The Schengen agreement is one of four cornerstones of the European Union’s ‘Single Market’ system, but with the unprecedented migrant crisis flooding the region and fractures amongst member nations already

Economics Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Burundi instability poses problems for East Africa

President Nkurunziza is likely to continue to perpetuate political instability through repressive conduct, in order to hold on to power. This will negatively impact East Africa’s economic prospects. Since April

Middle East/North Africa Security

Salafi Shake-Up: ISIS encroaching on the House of Saud

Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris moved up the timeline of this showdown between ISIS and the House of Saud, making it vital for the West, particularly the US, to

Europe Middle East/North Africa Politics Security

Big win for AKP in Turkey, but future is uncertain

In a shock to many pollsters, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regained its parliamentary majority, lost in the June elections, with a vote of 49.5% and 317 seats in

Europe International

G20 talks dominated by Paris attacks

Rather than focusing on impending economic issues, the Paris attacks overshadowed the G20 Summit this week as leaders discussed ways to counter the threat of domestic terrorism inspired by the

Asia Pacific Security

The Kuril Islands: Power projection and resource protection

The Kuril Islands dispute between Russia and Japan is not so much noteworthy with respect to its past origins, but rather for what it portends for Russia’s future foreign policy

Economics Europe

How will the refugee influx affect Europe?

As wave upon wave of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa break on the shores of Europe, there are no signs of ebbing. Many questions remain as to

Economics Europe

EU fiscal policy reflects broader tensions

The Eurogroup President’s proposal for an independent fiscal committee will not water down tensions between member states over fiscal policy.  Over the past 6 years, Europe has been dealing with

Europe Finance

Why the redenomination of the Belarusian Ruble matters

The announcement of the redenomination of the Belarusian Ruble, coming against the backdrop of high inflation rates, creates further potential integration of Belarusian and Russian markets. President Alexander Lukashenko announced

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Oman’s path to Iran

Through economic ties and a careful, long-standing diplomatic posture, Oman has become a key player in the Middle East. Over the last weekend of October, an International trade exhibition was