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September 15, 2022

United Nations
Survival Governance at the UN General Assembly

The annual General Assembly debate is happening at a time of cascading challenges on health, climate, and human security. Can the United Nations carve a path through?

UNGA session president hits a gavel against a podium.

October 4, 2022

Monetary Policy
As Global Recession Looms, a Perilous Moment for Central Banks

Many central banks are navigating turbulent waters as they battle inflation, a strengthening dollar, and an energy crunch. Should they coordinate policy?

People walk past a sign outside a currency exchange office in London.

September 30, 2022

International Law
The Case for Creating a Special Tribunal to Prosecute the Crime of Aggression Committed Against Ukraine

[Editor’s Note: This article is part of a Just Security series, Prosecuting the Crime of Aggression Against Ukraine. All articles in the series can be found here.] The prospect of creating the Spe…

October 5, 2022

China
How Xi Will Consolidate Power at China’s Twentieth Party Congress

At the Chinese Communist Party meeting, leader Xi Jinping will likely receive a third term. Here’s what that could mean for his control of China and the party.

People look at an image of Xi Jinping in a museum.

September 23, 2022

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

October 3, 2022

China
How China and Pakistan Forged Close Ties

Though ties between China and Pakistan began in the wake of the 1962 Sino-Indian clash, China did not embrace the relationship. By the mid-2000s, the shift in U.S.-India relations and China's own glo…

A Pakistani national flag flies alongside a Chinese national flag in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

September 23, 2022

Thailand
Prayuth’s Misrule Is Turning Thailand Into a Powder Keg

In the lead-up to national elections in 2023, Thai politics is becoming increasingly dysfunctional.

Man stands in front of political banner taking selfie

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.

August 30, 2022

Syria
The Conflict in Syria and the Failure of International Law to Protect People Globally

On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, David Scheffer, International Francqui Professor (Spring 2022) at KU Leuven, reviews Jeremy Sarkin’s latest book ‘T…

July 28, 2022

Chile
Chile’s Failed Pensions Are Neoliberalism’s Badge of Shame

A successful reform of the system is essential not only to reducing poverty, but also to restoring public faith in the country’s democracy.

Pensions are part of the problem