Athletes have, on occasion, mounted successful defences of sabotage in doping cases.
Four peace agreements have been struck to try and keep Ukraine on an even keel, but none of them has resolved the conflict's fundamental problems.
A country with a questionable stance on LGBTI+ rights is again hosting the Winter Olympics.
Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.
Mounting evidence suggests we are so mesmerised by the theatre around Donald Trump that we have lost sight of how the US security establishment wields power.
The politics of Russia's Olympic doping ban.
In these Olympics more than most, there is less global attention on the medal count than on who will win the politics.
Doping scandals have dominated the build-up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
History shows Olympic Games have only very limited ability to promote peace between warring nations.
South Africa's obsession with nuclear energy under the leadership of President Zuma, is dangerous.
As tensions between the US and Russia escalate, both sides are developing technological capabilities, including artificial intelligence that could be used in conflict.
Policies encouraging lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of cancer could have positive effects on the economies of BRICS countries.
Vladimir Putin may not appear restricted by rules and legal norms abroad, but he is still judged in the court of public opinion at home.
Military options should, and must, be on the table if diplomacy fails to compel North Korea to de-nuclearize.
Putin has pulled his troops out of Syria before, only to put them back.
Does corruption means the same for everyone? Some social researchers argue that corruption is a social construct shaped by Western anti-corruption elites.
The ban on Russia competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics is unique: it is directly linked to the country’s lack of sporting integrity.
Fan parks will be a key tool at Russia's World Cup next year.
The astronomic rise of the price of bitcoin over the past 12 months raises fears that the cryptocurrency is set to crash which could see many people lose money.
Russian revolutionary Nadezhda Krupskaya, like other leading women in the new Stalin-led state, was marginalised. But in her case, because she was Lenin's widow.