Discussion Papers

Can Turkey Emerge from Covid-19 as a ‘Developmental State’?

This paper concludes that the deep transformations caused by the Covid-19 crisis provide developing countries like Turkey with more space and flexibility for policymaking....

Iran’s Warfighting Capabilities: Roots, Roles and Evolution

Although Iran's armament is restricted by international sanctions and arms embargoes, the country has still managed to develop its military capabilities to the extent...

Rising Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Central Asia: A Harbinger of Regional Unrest?

This paper suggests that understanding China’s broad strategy, the reasons for rising Sinophobia, and Beijing’s capabilities, are of critical importance for projecting the geopolitical...

The Russia-China Partnership: De Facto Alliance or Marriage of Convenience?

This paper will discuss the roots of the increasing partnership between Russia and China and its future prospects. This paper will discuss the roots of...

Saving the Economy from Covid-19: A Preliminary Assessment of Government Rescue Plans

This paper critically discusses the rescue packages introduced by governments to counteract the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and explore the potential pathways...

Covid-19 in the UK: Assessing the Government’s Post-Lockdown Preparedness

This paper analyses whether the UK is ready for post-lockdown and argues that there are several challenges to both lifting as well as easing...

When Artificial Worlds Collide: The US-China Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

This discussion paper will examine the background of a new type of arms race and analyse the Artificial Intelligence armament strategies of the US...

Palestinian Reconciliation: Is an End to the Conflict in Sight?

In light of the renewed discussions regarding potential Palestinian elections, this paper examines the reasons behind the division between Fatah and Hamas. In light of...

Soldiers of Fortune: The Evolving Role of Sudanese Militias in Libya

This discussion paper explores the mercenary nature of the Sudanese paramilitary groups’ in Libya. This discussion paper explores the mercenary nature of the Sudanese paramilitary...

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