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Self-determination, here and there

Charles Richardson September 28, 2017 1 Comment

Catalonia has no chance of getting a credible vote for independence this week. Kurdistan has already got one, but it's not doing it much good.

Kurdistan’s turn

Charles Richardson August 22, 2017

Iraq's Kurds say they're pushing forward with a referendum on independence, but the nature of their strategy remains a little unclear.


Charles Richardson August 18, 2017 1 Comment

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

Charles Richardson August 14, 2017 3 Comments

North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.

The war against Arab democracy

Charles Richardson July 3, 2017 3 Comments

The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.

South Korea turns left

Charles Richardson May 10, 2017

South Korea turns its back on ten years of conservative leadership, and a peacemaker takes over just when he's needed.

The Trump plan for Mid-East peace

Charles Richardson February 16, 2017

Courtesy of both President Trump and the "facts on the ground", Israel and Palestine seem to be headed for a one-state solution. Is it time to accept that outcome and focus on making it work?

Mr Putin cashes in

Charles Richardson February 6, 2017

Eastern Ukraine could be the first big test of just where appeasement of Russia will lead.

Democracy on the march in West Africa

Charles Richardson January 19, 2017

Conflict looms in Gambia over a contested election result, but it's likely to be very one-sided.

What does Israel want?

Charles Richardson January 5, 2017 1 Comment

The season of peace and goodwill has produced little of either in the Middle East. But as a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians looks ever more remote, no-one seems willing to spell out the alternatives.