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Russia Loosens Its Belt

By Ankur Shah. This article was originally published in Foreign Policy. Russia’s foreign minister bowed out of China’s high-level Belt and Road meeting. Is Moscow finally signalling its discontent over the initiative? This article by Ankur Shah who previously wrote an article for the Institute explores China’s response to Russia’s ambivalence to its Belt &…

Rohingya Genocide – ‘I Can’t Go Out’

You will recall we recently conducted a conversation with Dr Azeem Ibrahim and last week featured an article by Nadira Kourt regarding the plight of the Rohynga.  The BBC have published a short but powerful film on three-year-old Nayeem, a Rohyngha, on growing up in the world’s largest refugee camp. You can view it here: 

The United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the Strategic Imbalance of Power

The Navigator from Centre of Global Policy August 19, 2020 by Kamran Bokhari The recent announcement that the United Arab Emirates was seeking to normalize relations with Israel sent shockwaves through the Arab world, particularly with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Abu Dhabi’s actions have much less to do with Israel specifically than they do with…

Let’s end the COVID-19 blame game: Reconsidering China’s role in the pandemic

Jamie Horsley – Brookings Institution According to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] failed in its promises to the world.” This was the most prominent recent example of the Trump administration blaming China, particularly the Chinese Communist Party, for…

After the Beirut blast, the international community must stop propping up Lebanon’s broken political system

Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University and John Nagle, Queen’s University Belfast The finger of blame for the Beirut explosion is pointing at Lebanon’s corrupt and criminally negligent political leadership. Amid continuing protests, the government of prime minister Hassan Diab resigned on August 10, though ministers will stay on in a caretaker role until a new…

What Iran Gets from the Strategic Deal with China

Sino-Iranian relations have revealed that they are about to conclude on a 25-year strategic pact. The deal will, if implemented in full, dramatically expand military, economic, and political ties between the two countries. The agreement – which is scheduled to be finalized in coming weeks – represents a landmark expansion of bilateral relations between the…

Academic Freedom in the UK – Protecting viewpoint diversity

Britain’s universities are world-leading. Yet there is growing concern that academic freedom in these institutions is being undermined in a way that departs from the liberal traditions and democratic norms of British society. This paper by the Policy Exchange and written by Remi Adekoya, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas Simpson uses one of the largest representative samples…

Social Capital: Why We Need It and How We Can Create More of It

“The phrase “social capital” has been used to describe relationships between individuals that facilitate the kind of social trust that can strengthen communities. The lack of it may explain why Trump was elected, why our health and longevity have been deteriorating, and why economic growth has slowed. Some scholars have noted that social capital is…

Lockdown challenges – what evolution tells us about our need for personal space

Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home for long periods with a small group of people – even those we love best – can become frustrating. One key to understanding why constant contact with our family feels so unusual comes from looking…