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Europe Politics

Italy after the European Parliament Elections: the Populists prevail

Despite gains in France, the UK and other nations, Italy remains the sole EU member state to have a populist governing coalition after the EU Parliament elections. What does this mean for the future of Italy-Brussels relations and key policy debates likely to emerge in the next session?

Latin America Politics

US and Russia: developments in Venezuela

On 14 May 2019, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Sochi. The main topic of discussion was the conflict in Venezuela, which has recently strained Russia-US relations.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Growing Risk of Saudi Arms Trade

Saudia Arabia is undergoing a difficult public relations crises after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, affecting its arms trade with allies.

Europe Politics

Division and Apathy in North Macedonia

On 5th May, voters in North Macedonia went to the polls to choose a new president. It was the first election held since the country changed its legal name from

China Insights

Chinese Activity in the Arctic

Growing US concerns over Chinese involvement in Arctic affairs have raised tensions between the two states. Although detrimental to mutual trust, it is unlikely that economic activity in the Arctic Circle will be disrupted in the near future as China currently seeks to avoid securitization of the region.  

Africa Under The Radar

Cameroon: Escalating Crisis in the Anglophone Regions

The escalation in Anglophone Cameroon began about two years ago and shows no signs of resolution. The international community should encourage the Cameroonian government and Anglophone separatists into meaningful dialogue.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iran partially exits the nuclear deal: is war on the horizon?

President Trump’s most recent sanctions and deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf has raised fears about another US war in the Middle-East. Iran’s decision to cease compliance with key parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) intensifies anxieties.  

China Economics

China-US: A Trade War of Attrition?

On 10 May, 2019, the Trump administration raised tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of imports from China. This escalation of events caught observers by surprise. The Chinese side has retaliated with tariffs on American goods.

Africa Politics

South Africa elections: Opportunities and challenges

South Africa’s recent general election has bucked the international trend towards populism by consolidating its democracy at the political centre.

Europe Security

Europe’ data security dilemma: the Huawei debate

Last month, Huawei offered an anti-spy agreement to Germany, in order to ease the data security concerns and be able to participate in the country’s 5G mobile networks. However, without the same level of guarantee from the Chinese government, it is unlikely that the concerns could be eliminated. What would be the next step for European countries on this matter?