The uproar in the wake of the death of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul continues unabated. France, Germany and the UK are coordinating their responses, and are adopting a different approach from that of the US. But what are the considerations governing any action?
President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear treaty comes at a bad time for the UK. Still, if damage to British security is to be limited, deft diplomatic handling from London will be required.
The 2018 UK PONI Papers examine contemporary civil and military nuclear issues and are written by emerging experts from academia, government and industry who presented at the 2018 UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) Annual Conference.
Putin’s surprise withdrawal is not only to leverage Assad into constructive peace talks. It is also about creating more options for Russia to influence the direction of the military conflict and political transition as things change both in Russia and on the ground.
Iran’s parliament and the Assembly of Experts generally exercise little control over Tehran’s foreign policy. Nonetheless, the results of the recent election are likely to have an indirect impact on the country’s policies in this area, both in the short and long term.
A coalition of Reformist/Moderate candidates made strong gains in Iran’s recent parliamentary election even though the political landscape is still largely conservative. The result will likely support President Hassan Rouhani’s policies as he presses for further economic, but not political, reforms.