Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is Associate at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics, and a former UK Government Special Adviser

Russia is teetering on the brink of war with Ukraine

Whether tensions escalate or subside will depend most upon the political calculus of Russia. Previously, Moscow had hoped that sustained economic, military and political pressure could lead to significant loss of support within Ukraine for its pro-Western government

Bahrain on high alert ahead of Grand Prix

Formula One cars took to the track in Bahrain today, while the government, hoping for a successful Grand Prix, squared off against activists determined to mark it with "days of rage" after more than a year of Arab Spring protests.