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July 22, 2019

United Kingdom
What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London.

July 18, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: July 19, 2019

Tech companies face intense scrutiny; viral FaceApp raises data privacy concerns; Huawei invests in Italy as pushback builds in the United States and UK; Indonesia announces a new digital tax; and us…

David Marcus, CEO of Facebook’s Calibra, testifies to the House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Examining Facebook's Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2019.

June 21, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s “Emerging Middle Class” Is Leaving

Many of those who are tech-savvy or have other job qualifications in demand—current or potential members of such a middle class—are leaving. Many seek to raise their families abroad and do not intend to come back. Popular destinations include Canada and Australia, both of which have skills-based immigration programs. Others, for example, deliberately overstay their visas in the United States, which has led to a crackdown on U.S. visas for Nigerians.

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April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

Prabowo_4.10.2019

April 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Afrobarometer Data on Where and Why Africans Want to Migrate

Afrobarometer, a credible, pan-African polling organization, released new data on the desire to migrate in most African countries. How to respond to immigration in all its forms is a compelling political issue in rich countries, making the migration data especially relevant now.

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March 6, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Election Dirty Tricks

In the run-up to Thailand’s elections, to be held on March 24, there was an initial burst of media attention around the possibility that Princess Ubolratana, the older sister of Thailand’s King Rama …

Thaksin_2.23.2016

February 21, 2019

Venezuela
Amid Political Uncertainties, Venezuela’s Oil Industry Situation Worsens

Back in 2013, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had ambitious plans for expansion of its oil production capacity. Its leaders envisioned eight new projects in the Orinoco Belt region that would requ…

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, reacts during a meeting with volunteers to coordinate humanitarian aid in Caracas, Venezuela

February 13, 2019

Southeast Asia
What the Turmoil in Thailand Reveals About the Thai Monarchy

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun Thai politics continues to be drawn along the monarchy’s fault lines, following the recent dramatic events, which exposed deep conflicts between opposing monarchical fact…

Thailand_10.27.2017

February 11, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Aftermath of Thailand’s Week of Wild Politics

As I summarized in a blog post last week, Thailand has in recent days seen some of its most dramatic political developments in decades. After days of rumors, one of the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra parties…

Thailand_5.14.2018

January 31, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia