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July 28, 2022

Emerging Economies
Debt Distress: Can Emerging Markets Withstand Rising Costs?

Struggling to make ends meet as inflation and interest rates climb, many emerging markets will have to pursue difficult debt restructuring with international creditors.

People block a main road as they wait for gas trucks to arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

The region is accustomed to cycles of protest and political upheaval, so it’s better not to bank on successful revolutions.

Demonstrators carry a national flag during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria January 3, 2020.

March 20, 2019

Algeria
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria

The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, Algeria March 12, 2019

April 8, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Why Israel Has Been Slow to Support Ukraine

Israel’s government is grappling with a moral imperative to help Ukraine in a war that recalls its own struggle to maintain sovereignty while acknowledging that cooperation with Russia is vital to it…

Three Orthodox Jewish men walk past a massive Ukrainian national flag that is projected on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

February 28, 2022

Ukraine
How the world can influence Putin’s fateful choices in Ukraine

The United States needs to keep up the pressure on Putin while preparing for escalation and providing an off-ramp.

A serviceman of pro-Russian militia in a tank of armed forces of the separatist self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic on February 27, 2022

September 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Netanyahu Is Gone. Netanyahu-ism Still Reigns.

When it comes to policies Washington cares about, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor are practically the same.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to an Israeli army base in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, November 24, 2019.

October 19, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Erdogan Might Be Too Sick to Keep Leading Turkey

Evidence is growing that Turkey’s president is ailing—and that could be bad news for the country’s politics.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves after the Global Refugee Forum at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 17, 2019

October 25, 2021

Latin America
Mexico’s Energy Grid Risks Fading to Black

President Lopez Obrador’s plan to renationalize electricity generation will make it more expensive, dirtier and less reliable and jeopardize the inclusive economic growth he says he wants. 

Worker standing before Mexico's state-run electric utility offices

February 18, 2022

Americas
Governance Must Trump Ideology in Latin America’s Elections

Forget all the talk about the region’s “pink tide” and focus on which candidate is most likely to lift the greatest number of boats.

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, smile for the camera

June 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Your Fix for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Won’t Work

The dispute is complicated in ways that extend far beyond political and legal solutions.

A Palestinian demonstrator scuffles with an Israeli border policewoman during a protest marking "Land Day", in Sebastia near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 30, 2021.