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EU opts for pacifying Russia and holds back on eastern expansion

EU opts for pacifying Russia and holds back on eastern expansion

THE EUROPEAN Union's aspirations for eastern expansion are over. This was made quite clear by the [...]

Yemen air strikes highlight Saudis’ tough new foreign policy

Yemen air strikes highlight Saudis’ tough new foreign policy

SAUDI Arabia's intervention in Yemen underlines the determination of the Saudi leadership to [...]

Consequences of US widening the net to catch tax-dodgers

Consequences of US widening the net to catch tax-dodgers

TRANSPARENCY in the world of banking has long been the Holy Grail of those seeking to combat [...]

All change in Taiwan politics as DPP sweeps board

All change in Taiwan politics as DPP sweeps board

TAIWAN’S opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen has a two-fold goal in her 12-day trip to the United States [...]

Karimov successor concerns puts Uzbekistan stability in spotlight

Karimov successor concerns puts Uzbekistan stability in spotlight

THE PRESIDENTIAL elections in Uzbekistan went largely unnoticed to international observers. But [...]

China benefits as West’s sanctions drive Russia eastwards

China benefits as West’s sanctions drive Russia eastwards

NOW is a good time for China to do business with Russia. That was the message from He Zhenwei at a [...]

Caspian region remains key piece of Eurasian jigsaw

Caspian region remains key piece of Eurasian jigsaw

EUROPE and Asia are linked by the Caspian region sitting on a crucial geographical and cultural [...]

The rise and decline of ISIS

The rise and decline of ISIS

ISIS, which rose from the ashes of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, wants to be more than just a shadowy [...]

Colombia's economy and reforms progress under Santos

Colombia's economy and reforms progress under Santos

COLOMBIA is a lesson in how a nation lives on the edge. The economy has been going well for the [...]

Kremlin shows skill in learning from its weaknesses

Kremlin shows skill in learning from its weaknesses

SPECULATION about the fate of Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the rise, with predictions [...]

Iran looks to grow strongly after sanctions are lifted

Iran looks to grow strongly after sanctions are lifted

RIVALRY between the two extremely unequal neighbours of Saudi Arabia and Iran was largely [...]

Little chance of South Korea and Japan allies healing political rifts

Little chance of South Korea and Japan allies healing political rifts

SOUTH Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in autumn [...]

Russia’s oligarchs feel pressure to show loyalty

Russia’s oligarchs feel pressure to show loyalty

PRESSURE is increasing on Russia’s economic performance from the combined impact of economic [...]

Crimea compromise offers West and Russia a way forward

Crimea compromise offers West and Russia a way forward

THE CRISIS in Ukraine is wreaking havoc on the European security order. All remnants of trust [...]

Russia returns to be a major geopolitical player

Russia returns to be a major geopolitical player

VLADIMIR Putin's Russia is not dead and it is not even on its knees, as was expected, writes World [...]

Regional integration the key to Afghanistan’s future

Regional integration the key to Afghanistan’s future

AFGHANISTAN’S President Ashraf Ghani secured two important outcomes on a recent visit to Washington [...]

Planned reforms bring hope for Guinea-Bissau

Planned reforms bring hope for Guinea-Bissau

YEARS of political turmoil and violence could be left behind and 2015 could signal a turning point [...]

Putin on mischief-making exercise in search for new allies

Putin on mischief-making exercise in search for new allies

THE SERIOUS deterioration in relations between Russia and the European Union has forced Moscow to [...]

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