Category: Geopolitics

A conversation on twitter with a Brexiter

By Andrew Katz  @andrewjskatz I just had a long conversation on twitter with a Brexiter. He was polite and civil, but he was pretty aghast at my suggestion that the referendum was too complex a question to be put to the electorate. This is counterintuitive to many people, and I want to set out my reasoning. The…

News of the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the headquarters of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

There is still no confirmed news about the fate of Saudi opposition writer Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared last Tuesday when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to conduct some transactions. The Turkish authorities believe that the prominent Saudi journalist, who disappeared a few days ago, was killed inside the consulate. “The initial assessment of…

The Idlib offensive

On September 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran for a trilateral meeting on the future of the war in Syria.  The three major military powers meet as the Syrian Arab Army prepares to launch an offensive against the last major rebel stronghold in…

New military formation in Northern Syria could be a game changer

Conflict reports in Northwest Syria were mixed after the announcement of a new military formation that includes factions actively engaged in the Syrian opposition, with the support of  the Turkish government. Four military groups in the North West of Syria, all with different aims and objectives and all in a densely populated narrow geographic area,…

The great immigration myth

By Tim Schofield Throughout human history immigrants have always been a soft target for unscrupulous politicians  seeking a bit of cheap popularity. This is especially true of those who are a “bit different”,  whether it be skin colour, religion, or just by speaking a different language. They generally don’t have a vote, come with much money,…

Djibouti: how a narrow country became an important playground for global powers

Formerly known as French Somaliland (1883-1967) and renamed the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas (1967-1977), the colony took the name of Djibouti when it gained the independence from France in 1977. With a total area of barely more than 20,000 km2 (little smaller than the Italian region of Lombardy) and a population of approximately one…