Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: ongoing political turmoil following US president’s dismissal of FBI director further weakens Trump’s legitimacy; ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party publish manifestos ahead of UK general election called for 8 June; unidentified attackers stab leading critic of Kazakh government after he files lawsuit against senior officials; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Donald Trump controversially fires FBI director and shares highly-classified allied intelligence with Russian foreign minister and ambassador; humanitarian situation in Yemeni capital further deteriorates after outbreak of cholera; Chinese president announces further investment in ambitious Belt and Road Initiative; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: United States launches missile strikes on Syrian airbase in retaliation for chemical weapons attack and moves carrier strike group to western Pacific in response to North Korean ballistic missile tests; French Guiana paralysed by ongoing protests over lack of investment and high crime and unemployment rates; four killed in suspected terrorist attack in Swedish capital; and more.
The United States, France and other powers are quietly carrying out remote warfare in the form of drone operations and special forces deployments in support of Nigerian and regional coalition efforts against Boko Haram. Open Briefing is launching a new project that will detail our assessment of key developments in the operations and the evolving nature and effectiveness of the complex coalitions against Boko Haram.
China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a vision to parlay large-scale economic dynamism into a foreign policy projecting Chinese influence overseas in the name of development. If the its promise of mutual prosperity and development is to be more than the sum of its parts, its stabilising effect on the Middle East would be a major litmus test. The momentum may come from Beijing, but smaller countries like Israel can and must shape it.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Donald Trump’s first week as US president marked by series of controversial executive orders; Islamic State’s Southeast Asia emir and commander of Abu Sayyaf badly wounded in airstrike by Philippine military; Syrian government forces retake areas in Wadi Barada valley, which is home to Damascus’s main water source; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: tensions continue in the Gambia as incumbent president refuses to concede defeat in election; France strengthening its cyber defences ahead of presidential election in May; ongoing gang war in Brazil sparks prison riots and killings; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: The Gambia’s president defeated in election after 22 years in power; Colombia’s congress approves revised peace deal with FARC rebel group; violence escalates between rival militias in Libyan capital after heaviest fighting seen in city in two years; and more.