n.58 March/April

The director of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, is considering splitting up the organisation’s analysis and spying divisions to create hybrid sections dedicated to individual geographical regions and to specific threats to national security. Still in the preliminary phase, the proposal has already been submitted to an internal committee of the Virginia-based agency, which will evaluate its efficacy.

The US economy is booming. But how does this success affect Europe and China? What items weigh most heavily onWashington's budget? Fact-checking has an answer for many of these questions.

The jihadists swear loyalty to al-Baghdadi and unite under the Islamic State of Sinai.

Early elections in Israel amount to a referendum on Netanyahu's policies. Will the Israelis once again opt for the safety first option, or could other issues hold sway.

Egypt, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia risk transforming Libya into a 'third-party' battlefield.

Obama is looking for a "reset strategy" in relations with Moscow while launching his 'pivot to Asia', but the Middle Eastern question is still a thorn in his side.

The new philosophy of banker-philanthropist Tony Elumelu promises wealth by combining profit and social enterprise.

The Chinese president has launched a pharaonic project to link Asia and Europe. The world power's renewed global ambitions are more than just economic.

There seemed to be no alternatives in the choice of prime minister: Abe has another chance to show how wise and wonderful his Abenomics are.

Tensions are rising among nations interested in exploiting the environmental resources. Global warming risks triggering a new Cold War among the ice floes.

The next government will be required to save the country from recession.

After over fifty years Cuba opens its gates to the world. Many economic changes in sight, but the politics will stay the same.

The brave American move couldmean a dash of hope for the Cuban economy.

Two women who've governed half the world, and one who (briefly) dominated it all.

With oil prices dropping there are clear winners and losers, but the financial markets are in turmoil.

“Learning from one's mistakes”, this is what Kuroda suggests in order to avoid another collapse.