Analysis from our award-winning international editor on the conflicts and political movements changing our world.
The news of today’s coup in Burundi brought back memories of a similar coup in 1987. It was long before social media and mobile phones, so I only realised something was awry when, driving back into the capital Bujumubra, I found a log across the road.
Cameroon’s government is working hard to banish the memories of the havoc caused by Boko Haram extremists who terrorised the north of the country for the last two years.
Labour and the Tories say they’ll spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, as a Nato commitment. Both are pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. Why? To what end?
We are running out of words to describe the vandals of the Islamic State (IS) who not only show merciless cruelty to the living but are seeking to destroy the heritage left by the long dead. A new
Unlike the US, the Iranians are not releasing fact sheets about the scale of nuclear reduction because they would rather be a little vague on the compromises they’ve made.
Geneva, under UN auspices, was the Iranians choice to hold talks, but what about the date? With a deadline of midnight 31 March a new danger arose: the April Fool’s Agreement.
For the Saudis, Iran – not Islamic State – is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.
The mood music coming out of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne may be positive, but there are more variations to be played through before a harmonious finale can be achieved.
Diplomats are trying to decrease tension in Lausanne and put a brake on Iran’s nuclear programme. The fear is what could happen if the talks fail.
Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: “Destroy the Idols”. Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.