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September 24, 2018

Maldives
Maldives Halts Democratic Backsliding

The outcome of the election in the Maldives, which ousted the authoritarian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, allows the country to focus on rebuilding its democratic institutions and its relati…

Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at an event with supporters in Male, Maldives on September 24, 2018. Ashwa Faheem/Reuters

August 22, 2018

Nigeria
Political Turmoil in Nigeria

These are unsettled times in Nigerian politics. On August 7, masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), secret police, barricaded the national assembly in Abuja, preventing access by legislators. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo proceeded to fire DSS chief Lawal Daura and later placed him under house arrest.

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August 9, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Faction Releases Book on History and Ideology

The book likely represents the public views of one of Yusuf’s sons and the current ISWAP leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who became very close to Abubakar Shekau after the former’s father was killed in 2009.

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August 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
What to Watch for From Southeast Asian States During the Pompeo Trip

Beginning tomorrow, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia for a trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, three important U.S. partners in Southeast Asia. In addition to bilateral meetings…

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February 16, 2018

Liberia
Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf Awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for African Leadership

The foundation’s prize committee stated that Sirleaf had shown exceptional leadership, and noted that Liberia was the only African country out of fifty-four to improve in every category of its Index of African Governance.

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July 2, 2018

Southeast Asia
Malaysia Achieved a Democratic Victory—But Don’t Expect Its Success to Spread

In early May, Malaysia was stunned by the victory, in national elections, of the opposition coalition, led by Mahathir Mohamad and essentially (from jail), longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. A…

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June 25, 2018

Southeast Asia
After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality—Part Two

In my previous post, I discussed how, after a surprising victory in May elections, and jubilation among supporters of the former opposition coalition that they had finally broken through, ending the …

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June 26, 2018

Renewable Energy
The Digital Revolution Is Transforming Energy—Whether It Slows Climate Change Is Up to Policymakers

This post is about a new book, “Digital Decarbonization: Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy Systems,” edited by Varun Sivaram. It is available as a paperback or e-book on Amazon, a…

Wind power station and global communication concept.

June 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

Following the surprise victory by Malaysia’s (former) opposition coalition in national elections in May, a spirit of jubilation erupted in much of the country, at least in regions not won by UMNO, th…

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June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

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