With Donald Trump now sworn in as the American President and Commander–in-Chief, here are some thoughts on where the world may be headed.
In the first part of this post, I argued that one of the more important back stories of the 2016 US elections was a Russian-American effort to restore the sagging fortunes of their traditional energy businesses. This second part explains how this may actually happen.
In this first part of a two-part blog, i look at recent developments in the Russian and American energy sectors and the role they may have played in the US elections.
Against the backdrop of the coup in Turkey, this blog looks at the impressive ascendency of the Turkish President. It is the first in a four-part series. Turkish President Recip Erdogan has had nothing less than a scintillating political career. From very humble beginnings, this erstwhile semi-professional football player was Mayor of Istanbul (a city … [Read more…]
This second blog in a series of three looks at the ongoing efforts to put together a grand anti-terrorist coalition. January 2016 will see a major new phase in the efforts of the international community to reach a settlement in Syria. On 25 January, the 17-member International Syria Support Group (ISSG) will gather in Geneva armed with UN … [Read more…]
This first blog in a three-part series on the crisis in the Middle East looks at the different alliances in play and their prospects for bringing peace to the troubled region.