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Dhafer Malouche
September 12, 2019
Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring in December 2011 after police humiliated Mohamed Bouazizi, confiscating his vegetable cart, and the vendor set himself on fire. The protests and challenges to corrupt and autocratic leaders spread to Egypt, Libya and Syria, but only Tunisia has...
Samir Nazareth
September 10, 2019
Democracies are deeply polarized over worries about migration and loss of culture versus the mass appeal of bigoted leaders who pursue policies by any means necessary including intimidation, insults and lies. “Citizens in democracies repeatedly elect leaders who show scant respect for the law,...
Brandon J. Miliate
September 5, 2019
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pursued an “Act East Policy,” intended to strengthen Indo-Pacific strategic relationships, regional political stability, and economic exchanges with Myanmar and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. Stronger ties require...
Claudia Ribeiro Pereira Nunes and Pedro D. Peralta
September 3, 2019
Brazil has loosened environmental protections and stepped back on international commitments for reducing carbon emissions and deforestation. The Bolsonaro administration in Brazil expresses concern that such protections reduce the country’s sovereignty, transferring value of resources to foreign...
Shim Jae Hoon
August 29, 2019
South Korea’s Moon Jae-in has unilaterally scrapped an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan even as North Korea threatens the region with a series of missile tests. For three years, Japan and South Korea have shared intelligence through the General Security of Military Information Agreement:...
Mike Chinoy
August 27, 2019
China is unyielding in its opposition to demands for democracy in Hong Kong, labeling protesters “terrorists” and blaming foreign interests. With the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, China waited six weeks before sending in the army, notes author Mike Chinoy, CNN's first Beijing bureau chief...
Michael Kugelman
August 22, 2019
By revoking a temporary constitutional provision, India has stripped Jammu and Kashmir of statehood and special autonomous status, with an expectation of new investment and development for the Muslim-majority area under dispute. “Article 370 repeal has ratcheted up bilateral tensions in a big way...
Jeff D. Colgan and Morgan D. Bazilian
August 20, 2019
Global markets for liquefied natural gas, or LNG have set records for the fifth consecutive year. A series of detentions of oil cargo ships this summer in Hormuz by Iran and the United Kingdom have heightened energy security concerns, especially for vulnerable transport routes in the volatile...
Azeem Ibrahim
August 15, 2019
Populists claim to represent the fears and desires of ordinary people, and nationalist forces who generally express little interest in global standards or governance are organizing around a shared hostility toward Muslims and other immigrants. Azeem Ibrahim, director of the Displacement and...
Farok J. Contractor
August 13, 2019
The United States has escalated tensions in its trade war with China by preparing for another round of tariffs on September 1 and accusing China of being a currency manipulator. US presidents have long complained about China’s control over the renminbi yuan. Farok J. Contractor, professor of...
Stefan Huebner
August 8, 2019
In anticipation of climate change's rising seas and increased migration, the UN Human Settlements Programme explores the possibility of sustainable floating cities – and requested advanced proposals from marine engineers and related firms for the UN Climate Action Summit in September. The plan...
Frank Ching
August 6, 2019
Massive protests have paralyzed Hong Kong, and resolution could be tested as the summer comes to a close and China ponders how to respond and exercise control. The protests began with one demand, withdrawing an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong people to be sent to China for trials. The...
Louis René Beres
August 1, 2019
Violent extremists use social media to distribute propaganda, select targets, recruit followers and incite violence, suggests the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Extremism can emerge in any community, counterterrorism is an ongoing battle, and defense planners no longer maintain that extremist...
Harsh V Pant and Paras Ratna
July 30, 2019
India, like many other nations, faces numerous foreign policy challenges as well as doubts about a dependable partnership with the United States. Under the Trump administration, the United States has targeted numerous countries on trade imbalances and in June announced revocation of India’s special...
Austin Bodetti
July 25, 2019
Terrorists take advantage of disruptions in fragile states – and these include water and food shortages associated with climate change. “From Afghanistan and Iraq to Somalia and Yemen, terrorist groups are pushing false narratives that they, not cash-strapped central governments, are leading...
July 25, 2019
Robert Mueller testified before two congressional committees about the nearly two-year investigation he led on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Mueller was an unwilling player in partisan drama, and his responses did not stray far from the text of his 448-page report...
Gilles Verniers
July 23, 2019
India as an emerging economy struggles with constrained growth and rising unemployment. Yet India’s voters handed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party a decisive victory. Gilles Verniers, assistant professor of Political Science and co-director of the Trivedi Centre for...
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
July 18, 2019
Acceptance of the LGBT community that encompasses lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered people and queer expanded quickly during this century. But acceptance is not universal, and regional variance on policies and rights is stark. “Broad protections against discrimination based on sexual...
Richard Weitz
July 16, 2019
Russia and the United States have sharp differences regarding arms control. Both have accused the other of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Regarding longer-range strategic delivery vehicles, both are now considering a more comprehensive framework than previous agreements...
Joan Johnson-Freese
July 10, 2019
Fifty years ago, the world paused to gaze at transmissions of a feat that had once seemed unthinkable. Neil Armstrong was the first human to step on the surface of the Moon, meeting a goal set a decade earlier by US President John F. Kennedy. The astronaut’s first words on the Moon were eloquent...
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