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October 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant II: More Lessons From Rodrigo Duterte’s Rise

Last week, following Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, when bolson exceeded predictions and won 46 percent of the first round vote, this column exami…

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October 8, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant: The Similarities to Rodrigo Duterte

On Sunday, far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polls and won roughly 46 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, coming close to t…

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August 31, 2016

Brazil
Political Fault Lines in Post-Rousseff Brazil

After nearly nine months, Brazil’s impeachment drama is over. The process ended on a curiously subdued note: the Senate’s questioning of Dilma Rousseff on Monday was a staid affair, and Tuesday’s spe…

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July 7, 2016

Trade
Venezuela’s Woes Reach Mercosur

Mercosur is under considerable internal strain. As at other times in the trade bloc’s history, shifting political winds and changing trade priorities have placed the member countries at loggerheads. …

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands in front of an image depicting the country's late President Hugo Chavez during a meeting with members of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) in Caracas

March 17, 2016

Brazil
Do Brazil’s Street Protests Spell the End for Rousseff?

Brazil’s drama has escalated at breakneck speed. On March 4, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was detained for questioning. On March 8, construction magnate Marcelo Odebrecht was sentenced …

July 30, 2015

Brazil
The Case Against Rousseff’s Impeachment

As President Dilma Rousseff’s polling numbers fall far into the single digits, the calls for her impeachment grow louder. In Congress, PMDB lower house head Eduardo Cunha has broken with Rousseff, in…

March 13, 2015

Brazil
The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

The Petrobras corruption investigation, known locally as Operation Lava Jato (Carwash), entered a new phase last week, when Rodrigo Janot, Brazil’s general prosecutor, implicated 53 politicians from …

October 31, 2014

Algeria
Weekend Reading: Algeria’s Police Protest, Yemen’s Houthis Move In, and Egypt’s Liberals Explained

Thomas Serres suggests that the recent police protests in Algeria demonstrate how Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime is “being inundated from all sides.” Fernando Carvajal reflects on the new power balan…

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April 1, 2014

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Global Debate Over Illegal Drugs Heats Up

Having been frozen for four decades, a long-deferred debate over the "war on drugs" is finally heating up. Ever since the Nixon administration, the dominant paradigm informing U.S. and global policy …

March 21, 2014

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of March 21, 2014

Lauren Dickey, Darcie Draudt, Charles McClean, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. Michelle Obama visits China. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrived in Beijin…

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese president Xi Jinping, looks on as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama writes calligraphy in a class at the Beijing Normal School on March 21, 2014. (Andy Wong/courtesy Reuters)