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Eastern Ukraine: Is reintegration still a realistic prospect?

On 24 April, Russia signed a decree allowing residents of rebel-controlled areas of Eastern Ukraine to apply for Russian passports. This was the latest in a series of steps making the reintegration of the Donbass less likely.

Insights South and Central Asia

Between a Bear and a Dragon: New challenges for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev is stepping down. This exposes the new leader to challenges of balancing Kazakh interests between China & Russia

Asia Pacific Insights Politics

Lessons from Hanoi with Prof Stephan Haggard

Donald Trump was widely criticised for walking away in Hanoi but the disappointing end of the summit holds prospects for a more realistic approach to denuclearisation. With input from Prof Stephan Haggard, here is some insight into what really happened in Hanoi and what we can expect to happen next.

Asia Pacific Insights

Beijing’s ‘creeping expansionism’ in the South China Sea

The South China Sea island dispute is an ongoing and complex situation in Southeast Asia’s doorstep. It has the power to disrupt multilateral alliances.

Insights Middle East/North Africa

Sudan in state of emergency

Sudan is facing social unrest over the rule of President Bashir. This will cause socio-economic and political uncertainty over short to medium term.

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Formation of the Independent Group in British Politics

The formation of The Independent Group out of a cohort of centrist MPs could signal the eventual demise of the two-party system in the United Kingdom.

Guest Post Insights

Guest Post: Humanitarian intervention and information warfare

This article is a Guest contribution that discusses the potential future of State-sponsored information warfare and its ramifications

Insights Sub-Saharan Africa

New alliances in the future of the Horn of Africa

After years of conflict and a tense stalemate between the two countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal in July that marks a new chapter in the relations between the two countries. If it is true that these are frankly positive news, the sudden change of pace seemed having taken everyone by surprise.

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India, France, and their new security agreements

Regional power struggles and maritime security are at the heart of new security agreements between France and India. India is especially worried about being geopolitically isolated by China, and is seeking to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean.

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Jihadism’s staying power in North Africa

The North Africa-based al-Qaeda affiliate AQIM has recently undertaken a variety of organizational reforms apparently aimed at centralizing the group’s decision-making and control. These reforms will likely help make it