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January 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
After Democracies Collapse

Since the mid-2000s, democracy has regressed in nearly every part of the world. Global monitoring organization Freedom House (for whom I consult on reports on several Asian states) has recorded decli…

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June 13, 2013

Education
Emerging Voices: Blair Glencorse on Higher Education in Nepal

Emerging Voices features regular contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Blair Glencorse, exe…

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December 4, 2013

South Africa
Former President Mbeki Claims Former Prime Minister Blair Pressured Him to Invade Zimbabwe

In a recent al-Jazeera broadcast, former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki claimed that then United Kingdom prime minister Tony Blair pressured him to cooperate on joint British–South African mil…

Africa - Mugabe and Mbeki

July 31, 2013

Cybersecurity
Blair Rapalyea: Brazil, Internet Freedom, and Foreign Surveillance

Several previous posts have covered China’s reaction to PRISM, the NSA’s surveillance program revealed by Edward Snowden. While Brazil usually falls outside of Asia Unbound’s coverage, this guest pos…

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a meeting of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on February 6, 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Courtesy Reuters)

August 2, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Germany's 1904 Genocide in Namibia

In what is often called the twentieth century’s first genocide, the German colonial authorities, from 1904 to 1906, set out systematically to exterminate two ethnic groups, the Herero and the Nama, f…

Human skull from Namibia Genocide

May 20, 2017

United States
Ten More Vietnam War Movies

Two years ago I posted my picks for the "Top Ten Vietnam War Movies." As I noted earlier this month, whenever you post a list you are inviting people to point out what you missed. Since today is the …

Quiet American Set

March 8, 2017

Development
International Women’s Day

This post is co-authored by Anne Connell, assistant director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Wednesday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an int…

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March 2, 2017

United Kingdom
The Scottish Play: Will Brexit Spell the End of a United Kingdom?

The decision by British voters last June to leave the European Union (EU) has thrown that bloc into turmoil. But its implications for Great Britain could be even more profound, portending the dissolu…

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September 16, 2016

Wars and Conflict
This Week in Markets and Democracy: FIFA Investigations, Corruption in Romania and the Maldives, New South Sudan Report

FIFA Investigates Its Own Corruption A year after the United States and Switzerland went after top FIFA officials on fraud, money laundering, and racketeering charges tied to a $150 million corrupt…

British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2015. World football's troubled governing body FIFA will vote for a new president, to replace Sepp Blatter, at a special congress to be held on February 26 in Zurich, the organisation said on Monday (Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann).

January 14, 2016

Iran
Our New Ally Iran

This photo tells us a great deal about American foreign policy today. Human Rights Watch, not known as a right-wing group, has noted that it appears to violate international agreements prohibiting…

USMC seized by Iran