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April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

April 24, 2017

Turkey
No, Erdogan Was Not an Authoritarian All Along

A combination of European Union mishandling and domestic developments propelled Turkey to where it is now.

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April 19, 2017

China
Podcast: Human Rights in the Shadows of Authoritarianism

Who and what define a human right? And when rights are violated, what recourse do citizens have to seek redress? On this week’s Asia Unbound podcast, Eva Pils, reader in transnational law at King’s C…

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May 8, 2017

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia: Heading Backwards on Freedoms

The thirtieth ASEAN Summit, held two weekends ago, and this year’s fiftieth anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, offer opportunities to reflect on ASEAN’s progress—and the might…

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April 26, 2017

Cybersecurity
Europe Is Developing Offensive Cyber Capabilities. The United States Should Pay Attention.

Jeppe T. Jacobsen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies and the University of Southern Denmark. He previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark as …

April 21, 2017

Cyber Week in Review: April 21, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. Cyber operations and tensions on the Korean Peninsula. There were two stories this week that …

April 17, 2017

Turkey
RIP Turkey, 1921–2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t just win his constitutional referendum—he permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history.

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April 20, 2017

China
A Superpower, But Not Yet a Global Leader

In hindsight, China’s international ascendance seems to fit well with the predictions of neorealist scholars like John Mearsheimer. Back in 1974, Deng Xiaoping declared at the United Nations that “Ch…

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April 5, 2017

Cambodia
Some Reasons for New Tensions Over Cambodia’s Debt

In recent months, the issue of Cambodia’s Indochina War-era debt to the United States, for which the U.S. government still demands repayment, has resurfaced once again. A recent lengthy New York Time…

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April 3, 2017

Americas
International Pressure on the Maduro Regime

The Venezuelan constitutional chamber’s decision last week to dissolve the National Assembly has made it abundantly clear that Maduro’s Venezuela is an authoritarian regime. The judiciary is at the b…