Feb 14, 2020
Peter Fabricius
IISS
The selection of the first secretary-general of the African Continental Free Trade Area turned into a competition between the continent’s two economic giants, South Africa and Nigeria. It was a reminder that they are likely to clash more in the future.
Feb 13, 2020
Amanda Lapo and Umberto Profazio
IISS
Renewed clashes in Libya have confirmed the intractable nature of the country’s conflict. This argues that its unpredictability is not only challenging the feeble response of the international community, but also exposing its divisions.
Feb 13, 2020
Liesl Louw-Vaudran
ISS
This finds that the African Union has finally acknowledged the terrorist threat, but has had limited results in countering terrorism in Africa.
Feb 12, 2020
Salim Çevik
SWP
As the civil war in Syria moves towards an end, it becomes ever more difficult to postpone resolution of the toughest issues. This piece examines the priorities of each actor, which are not easy to reconcile.
Feb 12, 2020
Michael Tong
IISS
Europe is turning its attention to improving air defenses in the face of ever more capable potential threats. Today, however, only a limited number of modern systems are in service or being developed to tackle such challenges.
Feb 11, 2020
Alan Beattie
Chatham House
This argues that Brussels will find its much-vaunted heft in setting standards cannot help it advance its geopolitical interests.
Feb 06, 2020
Yu Jie
Chatham House
The coronavirus outbreak poses a tremendous test for Beijing. Beyond the immediate public health crisis, the Chinese Communist Party faces a stuttering economy, growing public distrust, and a potentially heavy blow to its global reputation.
Feb 06, 2020
Moritz Kraemer, Patrycja Klusak, and Huong Vu
CEPS
This paper examines herding behavior amongst credit rating agencies, issues of conflict of interest, and ratings quality. It finds that the more first-mover downgrades S&P makes, the more their sovereign rating coverage declines relative to Moody’s.
Feb 06, 2020
Lina Gong
RSIS
In 2018, the Chinese government formed two new bodies expected to improve China’s response to natural hazards and humanitarian emergencies in other countries. This examines the implications for Southeast Asia.
Feb 05, 2020
Rohinton Medhora
CIGI
This reflects on big data and new technologies, and how they work in the context of fraternal inclusion, integration, and innovation.