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Hotspot – Cuba

After years outcast from the international community, Cuba looks to seize the opportunity to take centre stage. Klaus Dodds looks into what this could mean for Cuba, the USA and beyond

Hotspot – Singapore

Portrayed as stable and supremely organised on the outside, recent events in Singapore have revealed tensions beneath the surface. Klaus Dodds investigates the complicated identity of this micro-state

Hotspot – Turkey

Already a highly contested area for decades, the Turkish government is building a wall along the Turkish-Syrian border. Klaus Dodds explorers how this could affect people on both sides of the border

Hotspot – The Gambia

The Gambia’s decision to leave the Commonwealth has shone a spotlight on the international organisation. Klaus Dodds investigates the purpose of the modern Commonwealth

Hotspot – Qatar

Qatar 2022 – the first World Cup in the Middle East – was supposed to build bridges between the Arab world and the West. But Klaus Dodds thinks the plan may now be backfiring

Hotspot – Russia

There is no easier way to insult a country than to deface their flag. Klaus Dodds looks into the recent Russian flag controversy, and explores the complicated relationship between countries and flags

Hotspot – Italy

With racial tolerance being stretched in Italy, Klaus Dodds ask why xenophobia is such a powerful force in the country

Hotspot – Bosnia

For long-established countries, national identities tend to feel solid and unchanging. But for newer states, the evolution of an identity can be contentious, even violent. Klaus Dodds investigates what arguments in Bosnia tells us about national identities

Hotspot – South Korea

As the visit of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye to the USA is overshadowed by controversy, Klaus Dodds tries to understand the underlying social issues and imbalances still affecting South Korea

Hotspot – Malaysia

Klaus Dodds casts an eye over territorial disputes on the island of Borneo, and asks if there is any chance the stand off can be resolved peacefully

Hotspot – Slovenia

Since independence in 1991, Slovenia looked to be the former Yugoslavian success story. But as social unrest threatens national stability, Klaus Dodds asks whether the country’s problems have been properly addressed

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