Adrian L Johnson reviews The Fog of Peace: A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century, by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and The Mediator: A Biography of Martti Ahtisaari, by Katri Merikallio and Tapani Ruokanen
For Russia, control of the coronavirus narrative is designed to ensure President Vladimir Putin continues to be cast as the guarantor of security, as well as to prevent mass panic that could lead to political destabilisation.
As NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces the appointment of a group of experts to support his work in further strengthening the Alliance’s political dimension, this Commentary identifies six primary challenges.
Through his clampdown on corruption, dissent and relative freedoms, Chinese President Xi Jinping has alienated various groups within society. However, in the absence of a serious economic downturn and a rift within the Party’s leadership, discontent is unlikely to unseat him for the foreseeable future.