Over 2,000 years ago, a trail was blazed connecting the rich culture of the East with that of the West, and for another 1,500 years…View More Five Years On: The Belt Road Initiative and its Neocolonialist Tendencies
Modern businesses face more scrutiny than ever from the public through social media and constant media coverage. With this increased scrutiny, companies are under more…View More Beyond a Good Corporate Image
An ex-KGB agent and a rural teenage exile who lived in a cave. What do they have in common? They are both the leaders of…View More Why strong men make for strong countries
Are we falling into the trap that Humpty Dumpty did in Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Look Glass, when he said to Alice, ‘When I…View More Humpty Dumpty and the Zionist Cause
To paraphrase Shakespeare, some are born into fame and others have it thrust upon them. Such must have been the case when, in 1994, an…View More Bashar al-Assad: The doctor will see you now
The ‘trade war’ between China and the United States appears to be the first confrontation between two figures, both of whom are determined to challenge…View More Sino-US Trade War in the eyes of China: ‘we would fight to the end’
The disintegration of the so-called Islamic State since 2015, the decimation of its power structures in Iraq and Syria, the fall of its physical caliphate…View More The Challenges of Returning Foreign Fighters: The European Response(s)
For background information on Sri Lankan politics, see ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa: the Man who would be President’. The phrase ‘new kid in town’ could hardly be…View More Down but Not Out: The Sri Lankan Presidency
The year is 1966. Chairman Mao Zedong has issued a statement urging the Chinese people to purge society of ‘monsters and demons’, effectively supporting the…View More China’s Demi-God: Xi Jinping is Here to Stay
As the war against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq enters its final stages, the eyes of the world have begun to…View More The Future of Kurdistan: A New Nation or a Failed State?
In early December 2017, the inauguration of the first phase of expansion and modernisation of Iran’s deep-sea port of Chabahar was attended by high-ranking Afghan…View More A Tale of Two Ports: The spill-over of Indo-Pakistani rivalry beyond the Subcontinent
It must have been a really tough time for most Chinese Catholics in the past few weeks. On January 22 2018, the Holy See announced…View More China-Vatican Relations: Cooperation between Religion and Power?