March 23, 2018Southeast Asia
Much remains unknown about the young leader of one of Thailand’s newest political parties ahead of the promised 2019 elections.
May 23, 2018Japan
As part of a new cybersecurity strategy, Japan wants to deter adversaries through cyberspace. That might prove challenging given its pacifist constitution.
April 25, 2018United States
The 2018 U.S. midterms are less than eight months away, and Congress has done nothing to close loopholes that enable political advertising on social media to fuel disinformation and division. Time fo…
May 18, 2018Niger
AFRICOM is taking these steps following an extensive investigation of the ambush and death of four U.S. troops in western Niger in October 2017. Coming out of the investigation is public acknowledgement for the first time that there were ten additional attacks on U.S. troops in West Africa from 2015 to 2017.
March 12, 2018Sub-Saharan Africa
The recent move to eliminate presidential term limits in China is music to the ears of many African leaders uninterested in transitioning out of power, and a blow to emerging African governance norms.
May 16, 2018Nigeria
There is now more violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt than in the northeast, where Boko Haram continues its operations. Ostensibly, violence in the Middle Belt is driven by conflict between “herders” and “farmers” over land use, ethnic and religious rivalries, and (likely but hard to prove) the agendas of rival politicians.
May 10, 2018Southeast Asia
By Thomas Pepinsky On May 9, Malaysian voters delivered a stunning defeat to the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN, “National Front”) regime. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by a …
April 9, 2018Malaysia
Last week, Malaysian prime minister Najib tun Razak dissolved parliament and called a general election, which will now occur no more than sixty days after April 7, the day of dissolution. Najib and o…
May 9, 2018Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Commonwealth does not get much attention in the United States. Few will have noticed that its member governments committed to avoid disrupting internet access in their countries, an attempt to st…