Germany's electorally most successful party, the center-right CDU, still underrepresents ethnic minorities in top positions. In contrast, the Tories have embraced minorities and elected Rishi Sunak as prime minister. The CDU could learn from the Tories.
The killing of the aging top dog of al-Qaeda might unleash a can of worms in Afghanistan and Pakistan, worsening security worldwide. The timing of the killing leads to the suspicion that it was motivated by short-term electoral calculus, not long-term strategic interest.
The Saudi economy is buoyant while the Lebanese economy has collapsed, marking the contrasting fates of different players in the Middle East.
Despite the optics and the apparent climbdown by President Joe Biden amidst claims of Saudi resentment and a rupturing US-Saudi partnership, Chatham House’s Neil Quilliam and Azure Security’s Alice Gower argue that the relationship with Saudi Arabia though strained was never at serious risk.
This is a critical year for European stability and security. With the ongoing energy crisis, surging COVID-19 cases and Russia’s intenisfying hostilities in Ukraine, Italy has just lost one of its most competent and respected prime ministers at the worst possible time.
The Turkish president is insisting on cutting interest rates when inflation is rising, causing the currency to crash and the economy to collapse. If Erdoğan does not change course, the opposition might triumph in the 2023 elections, ending 20 years of the strongman’s rule.
Is Vladimir Putin the face of the future or the final fasp of the past? Will dirty energy and realpolitik come roaring back or will the world adopt a Global Green Deal to combat the climate crisis in a rapidly heating planet?
In his public speaking, Joe Biden has been functioning on autopilot for some time. His rhetorical tics have allowed him to craft his own inimitable version of hyperreality, in which exaggeration has become his core value.