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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron after their talks in early February 2022 in Moscow on escalating tensions with Ukraine. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

Why Emmanuel Macron’s peace efforts with Vladimir Putin are probably pointless

New research on diplomacy and backroom bargaining suggests diplomatic efforts are unlikely to be successful with Vladimir Putin. That’s why Emmanuel Macron’s diplomacy attempts aren’t working.
Flags of India and African countries at the 2015 India Africa Friendship Summit in New Delhi. Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images

Africa’s relationship with India: a diplomat’s view

A new book places the responsibility of African growth on its leaders, people, and civil society, while also recognising the role partners like India can play in achieving its goals.
People in the Russian city of St. Petersburg stand in line to withdraw U.S. dollars and euros from an ATM. Ordinary Russians faced the prospect of higher prices as western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine sent the ruble plummeting. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

From soaring gas prices to another world war, economic sanctions can lead to dire unintended consequences

Over-reliance on sanctions and economic warfare measures have led to strategic complacency and the avoidance of negotiations on the part of the western governments.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, speaks during a special session of the General Assembly on March 02, 2022. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Russia-Ukraine war: decoding how African countries voted at the UN

The resolution is not legally binding, but is an expression of the views of the UN membership.
A gym is in ruins following a shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 2, 2022. Russian forces have escalated their attacks on crowded cities in what Ukraine’s leader called a blatant campaign of terror. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Putin’s Ukraine invasion: Do declarations of war still exist?

Putin never formally declared war on Ukraine, calling the invasion a “special military operation.” Official declarations of war are increasingly a thing of the past. Here’s why that’s detrimental.
A military vehicle destroyed on Feb. 18, 2022, by an explosion in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. Nikolai Trishin\TASS via Getty Images

What are false flag attacks – and did Russia stage any to claim justification for invading Ukraine?

Attacking your own side and blaming your foe has a long history and a firm grip on the popular imagination. But the internet makes it difficult to pull off – and less desirable.
The Russian and Ukrainian governments both blamed forces aligned with the other for mortar fire in eastern Ukraine and for using the accusations as justification for increased aggression. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

What are false flag attacks – and could Russia make one work in the information age?

Attacking your own side and blaming your foe has a long history and a firm grip on the popular imagination. But the internet makes it difficult to pull off – and less desirable.
Some African and European leaders at the last AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, November 2017. Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images

Africa’s relations with the EU: a reset is possible if Europe changes its attitude

The persistent power inequalities between Africa and Europe do not bode well for supposed change. This is why the latest summit is important.

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