The Map of Africa after the Independence of South Sudan

In 2005, African and non-African leaders voiced fears that the break-up of Sudan could lead to a domino effect of other nationalist secessions. In 2010, Muammar Gaddafi warned that “What is happening in Sudan”, he warned, “could become a contagious disease that affects the whole of Africa.” More apposite was the stark acknowledgement of Chad’s President Idriss Deby: “We all have a south.”

The USA and Pakistan - A Volatile Partnership

The alliance between the USA and Pakistan has been described by many analysts and commentators as a marriage of convenience or as a transactional relationship that is only being held together by mutual dependence. But at the same time, both sides are deeply mistrustful of each other. The fragile relationship results from the dilemma that each side wants to maintain its independence while at the same time it seems unlikely that there will be any increase in joint interests.

Creaky Concordance System

Parliamentary and Governmental Elections in Switzerland

The cooperation between the traditional ruling parties, which have been in power in a grand coalition since the end of the 1950s, has clearly been thrown into crisis. New parties have entered parliament and the political concordance that has existed for decades has started to creak and shift. However, it appears that these changes have not yet found a permanent footing.


One year on, the impressions of the last few weeks are diametrically opposed to those afforded by what became generally referred to as the “Arab Spring”. What began with calls for “freedom”, “dignity” and “justice” has now turned into a process that is not straightforward and certainly not consistent or immune to setbacks.

Food in China: Volumes Up, Quality Down?

The Food Supply Debate in the People’s Republic of China

Food supply policies include food security (ensuring adequate quantities of food), and food safety (ensuring that the food is of sufficiently high quality). The Communist Party has traditionally seen quantity as being the key issue. The bleak years of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” and the Cultural Revolution are still fresh in many people’s memories.

Hungary: One-Time Poster Child Now Under Closer Scrunity

There is no doubt that Hungary has been subjected to a mountain of criticism that has been short on objectivity and long on hyperbole. By the same token, events in Hungary have attracted a great deal of attention, as is also the case in other parts of Europe and particularly the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. It is possible to recognise a strategy in the way the Hungarian government is treated.

Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State: An Old Issue Becomes a New Challenge

Eine alte Frage wird zur neuen Herausforderung

For the majority of Jews, the term “Jewish and democratic state” is a fitting description of the particular character of the State of Israel and of its commitment to universal values. But the exact meaning of this term has been interpreted in many different ways.

Peru and Chile

Does the Road to Good Neighbourly Relations Lead via The Hague?

Almost 130 years after the end of the so-called War of the Pacific between Chile, Bolivia and Peru, some of the conduct displayed on both sides of the joint border is reminiscent of the tensions of that time. The war atrocities perpetrated in the past are still feeding prejudices to the present day. No doubt the next two years are likely to be challenging for relations between Chile and Peru as far as diplomacy is concerned.

The Caucasus Emirate

Origins, Ideological Orientation and Risk Status

For more than a decade Moscow has been fighting an insurgency in the North Caucasus. The rebellion that started as a separatist movement has now taken on a distinctly Islamist tone and repeatedly resorts to terrorist methods. Although the large-scale “counter-terrorist operation” that began in 1999 and was declared to be over in 2009 claimed large numbers of victims on both sides of the conflict, an end to terrorism in the North Caucasus is not yet in sight.

Tunisia and the First Islamist-led Government in North Africa

Ennahdha’s election victory can be put down to the party’s authenticity, but also to the fact that it offered a clear break with the past, something that many Tunisians were really looking for and which only the Islamists could genuinely claim to represent. One much-discussed question is just how moderate, or capable of delivering democracy, is the Islamist party, Ennahdha? Another question is just how capable it is of controlling the Salafists, or, indeed, if it actually wants to.

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