The detention of Sergei Furgal, former governor of the region of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East, prompted widespread protests that have taken on a distinctly anti-government edge. This has laid bare some of the Kremlin’s and incumbent United Russia party’s political vulnerabilities in the Far East.
With new amendments to Russia’s Law on Citizenship, the Kremlin is establishing a legal pretext to threaten or actually to use force based on a claim to protect Russian citizens resident in neighbouring states.
The mass internment of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs in supposed ‘re-education’ facilities as a means of combatting violent extremism suggests that Beijing lacks confidence in the effectiveness of its intelligence architecture, and by extension, its capacity to identify and eliminate actual terrorist threats.
A debate on defence spending that has re-emerged within the NATO Alliance seems to have exacerbated tensions between the two sides of the transatlantic partnership. Continuing a long tradition of defining itself in opposite terms against its neighbour to the south, Canada’s approach to this debate offers a rarely explored take on burden sharing within the Alliance.
Rather than winding down to a peaceable solution, Syria’s war is becoming more violent than ever. This event considered the significant developments in Syria, the role of external powers and discuss...