world order

The crisis of the old Western world order

The transience of the contemporary period, characterised by the evolution of the multipolar world order, differs fundamentally from both the now bygone yet long-lived...
Secretary Pompeo participates in the opening plenary of the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East. (Credit: US Department of State/Flickr)

The Warsaw ministerial on the Middle East: A new dimension of solidarity

On 13-14 February, the ‘Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East’ conference was held in Warsaw at the...
population ageing

Is China following Japan’s demographic footsteps?

China is ageing rapidly, sparking widespread concerns that the country may grow old before it becomes rich (fig. 1). Population ageing has often been...
Fishermen in Al Hodeidah, Yemen in 2006. (Credit: Dmitry Chulov/Bigstock.com)

Yet another crisis in the Middle East

The announcement that the US will withdraw troops from Syria, made by President Donald Trump before the New Year, once again brought everyone’s attention...

The Venezuelan crisis and geopolitics: What will the outcome be?

The crisis in Venezuela is occupying the headlines and key spaces of the international media. Three headline-grabbing issues are attracting the media’s attention: images...

The Iranian revolution: An anniversary few expected

Forty years ago, a revolution took place in Iran, which the world referred to as the ‘Islamic Revolution’. In some ways, the emergence of...
China

China’s growth deceleration: Causes and future growth prospects

China has achieved miraculous growth in the four decades since economic reforms began in 1978, averaging 9.5% in real GDP growth per annum. However,...
World Economic Forum 2019

Revolutionising Davos: A platform for collective intelligence

What is the purpose of Davos? The question lingers, as the latest edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) ends just over a week...

Venezuela: The symptoms of multipolarity

The events unfolding in Venezuela since 22 January 2019 cannot be properly understood without considering two points: on the one hand, the interstate relations...
growth

Slowdown of growth in China: Circumstances or choice?

In 2007, Chinese GDP grew by 14%. Since that time growth rates have almost continuously fallen and amounted to only 6.6% in 2018 (fig....

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