World affairs by topic

World affairs includes the following topic areas. Please click the links to access lists of publications by topic:

Africa

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Americas

  • Global gender equality in political life

    As part of its sustainable development goals, the United Nations (UN) has called for women to achieve full and effective participation in political life by 2030. Currently, women account for 25.5% of national representatives worldwide. The UN has said that with the current rate of action gender parity will not be reached for another 130 years. This article considers which countries are leading on political gender parity and what barriers to full participation remain.

    Global gender equality in political life
  • UK Bilateral Defence Cooperation

    The Government has said that it intends to publish its integrated review on security, defence, foreign policy and development this month. As part of this, the Government is considering how the UK can work more effectively with its allies. The UK engages in various bilateral defence relationships. This article considers some of those relationships and highlights details of the integrated review.

    UK Bilateral Defence Cooperation
  • Covid-19 and the US election: The presidential inauguration

    President Joe Biden began his term as US president on 20 January 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and heightened security concerns, his inauguration looked different to those before. This article outlines some key information about presidential inaugurations in the US and looks at how recent events impacted this year’s ceremony.

    Covid-19 and the US election: The presidential inauguration
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Asia and Oceania

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Defence

  • UK Bilateral Defence Cooperation

    The Government has said that it intends to publish its integrated review on security, defence, foreign policy and development this month. As part of this, the Government is considering how the UK can work more effectively with its allies. The UK engages in various bilateral defence relationships. This article considers some of those relationships and highlights details of the integrated review.

    UK Bilateral Defence Cooperation
  • Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2021

    Each year, both Houses of Parliament are required to approve legislation which allows the armed forces to continue to operate throughout the world. This statutory instrument extends the current legislation until the end of 2021. It is expected that a new Armed Forces Act will come into force before the end of the year.

    Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2021
  • National Security and Investment Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages

    The aim of the National Security and Investment Bill is to reform how inward investment in the UK is investigated to ensure hostile governments or other entities do not use this to undermine the UK’s national security. The second reading of the bill is scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 4 February 2021. This briefing provides a summary of the bill and its passage through the House of Commons.

    National Security and Investment Bill: Briefing for Lords Stages
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Europe

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Institutions

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International law

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Middle East

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