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May 23, 2018

Italy
Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters Italy's New Government Could Be the Force That Finally Breaks Europe

Italy's new government could pursue a path that could have a devastating effect on Europe’s financial position

March 12, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
China-Africa-Museveni-Xi-Uganda Axing Term Limits in China Is a Boon to Africa's Would-Be Despots

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.

March 23, 2018

Southeast Asia
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit_3.15.2018 Can Thanathorn Be a Savior of Thai Politics? Part 2

Much remains unknown about the young leader of one of Thailand’s newest political parties ahead of the promised 2019 elections.

May 25, 2018

North Korea
A TV displays a news report on a canceled summit between the United States and North Korea, in Seoul, South Korea, May 25, 2018. Can the Trump-Kim Summit Be Rescheduled?

On Thursday, the White House canceled the highly-anticipated June 12 summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Despite will on all sides for the summit to proceed, a fundamental disagreement on…

April 25, 2018

United States
Zuck before Congress Close Social Media Loopholes to Protect Upcoming U.S. Elections

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 23, 2018

Japan
Japan JSDF How Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Shapes Its Approach to Cyberspace

As part of a new cybersecurity strategy, Japan wants to deter adversaries through cyberspace. That might prove challenging given its pacifist constitution. 

March 23, 2018

Russia
Henry Nicholls/Reuters Russia’s Poisonous Message to the World

The circumstances surrounding the attack on a former Russian spy in England leave little doubt that Russia was the culprit and cast a lengthening shadow over the global regime to stop chemical weapon…

March 14, 2018

China
Forming an Alliance With U.S. Allies Against Bad Chinese Trade Practices Won’t Be Enough to Bring the Trade Deficit Down Forming an Alliance With U.S. Allies Against Bad Chinese Trade Practices Won’t Be Enough to Bring the Trade Deficit Down

There are growing calls for a global coalition of U.S. allies to pressure China to change some of its most egregious commercial practices. That makes some sense, even if it is much easier said tha…

May 16, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Herdsmen-Killings-Christians Nigerian Catholic and Tiv Leaders Respond to Violence in the Middle Belt

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, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_5.10.2018 Can Mahathir Mohamad be Malaysia’s First Democratically Elected Prime Minister?

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 …