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November 18, 2009

Symposium on Organized Crime in the Western Hemisphere: An Overlooked Threat?

Session One:Organized Crime and Transnational ThreatsDavid Holiday, Program Officer, Latin America Program, Open Society InstituteWilliam F. Wechsler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counte…

March 11, 2015

Politics and Government
IMF Worried About Bangladesh’s Growth

Bangladesh has been wracked by political protests over the past two years. Paradoxically, despite the country’s dysfunctional politics, its economy has done well. Last year, the all-important garment…


November 17, 2015

Africa’s Middle Class

According to a recent Credit Suisse report, the African middle class is almost seventeen times smaller than had been previously thought. For at least a decade it has been conventional wisdom among in…

Africa's Middle Class

January 14, 2016

The Philippines Reaches a Crossroads

For the past five years, the Philippines, which long lagged behind faster-growing Asian economies like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, has posted some of the highest annual growth rates i…


March 30, 2016

How Will the Philippines Presidential Election Transform the Country?

On May 9, the Philippines will hold its presidential election. Philippine presidents are limited to one, six-year term, which makes them powerful and weak at the same time. They enjoy a long term in …


April 29, 2016

Further Signs of Southeast Asia’s Political Regression

Three new annual reports, from the U.S. State Department, Freedom House, and Reporters without Borders, add further evidence to worries that much of Southeast Asia is experiencing an authoritarian re…


May 6, 2016

Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of May 6, 2016

Ashlyn Anderson, Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, and Gabriella Meltzer look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Duterte ahead in Philippine pre-election polls. Leading candidate Rodrigo Duterte …

Duerte Philippine Elections

May 4, 2016

A Turn Toward Authoritarianism in the Philippines?

As I wrote last week, the Philippines’ presidential race is still extremely close, going into the final days before Election Day. But as numerous Philippine polling organizations have reported, Davao…


May 10, 2016

What to Expect From a Duterte Presidency

As the Philippines ushers in the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, the longtime mayor of Davao, the country is poised for dramatic changes from the leadership of Benigno Aquino III. Aquino’s tenure was …


May 12, 2016

Some Brief Takeaways on Duterte’s Win

With Rodrigo Duterte now officially confirmed as the winner of the Philippines’ presidential election last Monday, it is time for some brief thoughts on the immediate implications of his victory. …