Massacre shows Taliban cannot be tamed

Pakistan’s foreign and security policies are not the result of democratic process, says Shashank Joshi

North Korea not amused by killing Kim

It has built a nuclear deterrent to protect its leaders’ claims to legitimacy, says Adam Cathcart

Putin’s limited options to halt the crisis

Any meaningful recovery in Russia’s economy requires a lifting of sanctions, says Mohamed El-Erian

Cuba detente latest sign cold war is over

US debate had shifted from what the island does beyond its borders to what it does within them, writes Richard Haass

Let London’s airports achieve potential

More direct routes will open to economically significant destinations, writes Howard Davies

Rouhani’s fate is not tied to nuclear talks

It is the continued state of limbo that poses the challenge to Iran’s president, writes Farideh Farhi

The only cure for what plagues Russia

Moscow must act to get sanctions lifted or the economy will struggle, writes Anders Aslund

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Russia heads into storm with no captain

Moscow’s worst fears have come true. Comparisons with 2008-09 look wishful, says Sergei Guriev

The motives behind Taliban attack

The tragedy in Pakistan is there is no common narrative in the leadership about how to combat extremism

Beijing cannot count on easy money

The world is unable to afford a financial accident in China, writes Ruchir Sharma

Bankers, like alcoholics, must admit to their problem

The temptation to circumvent the rules might prove irresistible, writes Philip Augar

Ukraine needs injection of tough love

The west should make its support dependent on corruption being ended, writes Victor Pinchuk

Lawyers must be held to account for abuse

There is a seamless trail from terrible legal opinions to Abu Ghraib, writes Philippe Sands

Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

Country sees strengthening of solvency thanks to stock of net overseas assets, writes Peter Tasker

What do we want from Scottish lands?

Fretting about land ownership without agreeing what we want it to achieve is ignoring the real problems, writes John Glen

Misplaced homage to Wigan Pier

We are miles away from the hardship of the prewar years, writes Giles Wilkes

Chivalry holds Japanese women back

The message to younger people is that working seriously does not pay off, says Nobuko Kobayashi

ECB need not fear the printing press

The case for quantitative easing is compelling but it requires broad support, writes Reza Moghadam

Isis extends its reach among militants

The group has not yet displaced existing threats from the Muslim world, writes Ahmed Rashid

A boycott of China’s bank is futile

The US and Japan should engage with the AIIB while they still can, writes Yoichi Funabashi

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