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May 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
Anwar Ibrahim_10.12.2016 Malaysia’s Stunning Election Creates More Questions Rather Than Answers

In a result few pollsters and analysts (including myself) predicted, last week the Malaysian opposition coalition, led by nonagenarian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, defeated the ruling coal…

May 11, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Women-boko-Haram-Violence-Justice Boko Haram’s Violence Against Women and Girls Demands Justice

To date, not one member of Boko Haram has been prosecuted for sexual violence. Yet, as President Buhari mulls granting amnesty to repentant members of Boko Haram, justice requires accountability for their crimes, including those that are gender-based. 

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathri_5.9.2018 Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

April 18, 2018

United Kingdom
Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy painting Queen Elizabeth Global Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations

With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, London hopes its Commonwealth partners can help boost trade, but critics say the group is outmoded and ineffective.

March 28, 2018

Southeast Asia
Prayuth-Chan-Ocha_01.09.2018 Will Thailand Actually Hold an Election?

As Thai political parties register to compete in early 2019, the ruling junta may yet again delay promised elections.

March 26, 2018

Russia
PutinSalmanVisitMoscow Russia Is in the Middle East to Stay

Here is what the United States should do about it.

March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia' oil minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih arrives as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. IPO Politics and the Saudi U.S. Visit

This post is co-written by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly. This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bi…

March 16, 2018

Thailand
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit-3.15.2018 Thailand’s (Possible) Election: A Plethora of Parties Register, But Will Politics Actually Change?

With elections in Thailand seemingly slated for early 2019, could an Emmanuel Macron–like figure emerge in the kingdom?

March 14, 2018

Kenya
Kenya-Kenyatta-Odinga-Reconciliation-NASA-Jubilee Pulling Kenya Back From the Brink

Odinga has called off his defiance campaign against the Kenyatta government, while Kenyatta apparently is allowing Odinga to continue to use the title “people’s president." The official document released detailing the pact refers to both as “his excellency.”

March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.