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Horrific photographs of starving children from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya are the latest defining images from the tormented country. Conflict there has claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people – 55,000 in 2015 alone. However, peace in Syria is unlikely in the near future. The deluge of humans flowing out of that country – and many other troubled region...
David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool
A different model of political development and organisation is needed in the Middle East to avoid endless cycles of war and chaos. The conflicts have increased in intensity since the so-called Arab Spring of 2010. One way forward would be to develop ‘cantons’ in Iraq, Syria and Libya to achieve the peaceful coexistence of different minorities.
Russia, a regime buoyed by oil riches, could well face rumblings of discontent as resources dwindle and austerity measures take hold. Russians have enjoyed a freedom not known for decades. So how will Vladimir Putin, in the role of president, package a 'social contract' which maintains his leaning for authoritarianism with a democracy his people will demand? asks ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund