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January 23, 2018

Egypt
Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …

September 5, 2017

Southeast Asia
Duterte speech_8.9.2017 Just When You Thought Southeast Asia’s Democratic Regression Couldn’t Get Any Worse …

Part One Over the past five years, as I have documented in a number of books, articles, and policy papers, Southeast Asia, once seen as a potential model of democratic transition, has regressed ba…

August 28, 2017

Egypt
EgyptNasser The Tragic Tale of Egypt’s Decline: Is It Also the Story of America’s Future?

Once a diverse, cosmopolitan society, Egypt has descended into corruption, inequality, and bigotry. Sound familiar?

January 9, 2012

Malaysia
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) talks to his supporters while flanked by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail after the verdict of his sodomy trial was announced in Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2012. Anwar Ibrahim Acquitted

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur on sodomy charges -- the second time he has faced such charges in two decades. The decision was frankly a surpri…

June 2, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli soldiers in front of the Dome of the Rock. How Six Days in 1967 Shaped the Modern Middle East

On the war’s fiftieth anniversary, five scholars discuss how Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the Arab world were remade.

December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

February 19, 2015

Malaysia
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks at a rally on the eve of the verdict in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur, February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) Can Malaysia’s Opposition Survive Anwar’s Jail Term?

Last week, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to jail for the second time in his life on charges of sodomy. Anwar’s jail term was set by Malaysia’s highest court at five years, a…

February 8, 2010

Malaysia
Anwar and Malaysia’s Unfortunate Downturn

When has any potential success story fallen as far and as fast in recent years as Malaysia? Sure, Iceland’s economy has collapsed, after its banks made such risky loans they made American financial i…

September 30, 2016

Malaysia
mahathir-ibrahim Malaysia’s Parties Prepare for 2018 Elections

Two days ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib tun Razak told reporters that he would not call national elections until 2018, when his parliament’s term runs out. As The Diplomat recently reported, som…