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November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Economy Under Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to overhaul Brazil’s economy and align the country more closely with the United States, with uncertain implications for its relations with China.

Bolsonaro waves to Brazilian flag

November 1, 2018

International Organizations
The IMF: The World’s Controversial Financial Firefighter

The International Monetary Fund, both criticized and lauded for its efforts to promote financial stability, continues to find itself at the forefront of global economic crisis management.

IMF Director Christine Lagarde

October 29, 2018

Donald Trump
Commentary: How Trump Should, but Probably Won't, Confront Saudi Arabia

The latest Saudi explanation of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi — that his murder was premeditated by his assailants — is no more acceptable an explanation than the earlier versions, that…

Khashoggi murder

October 26, 2018

Mozambique
Disputed Elections Reignite Old Problems in Mozambique

In Mozambique, ongoing negotiations between FRELIMO and RENAMO, which had resumed in 2016 following some armed conflict, have been suspended; the sticking point between the two movements appears to be the disarmament of RENAMO and the recent elections earlier this month, whose results RENAMO disputes. 

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October 18, 2018

Venezuela
What Latin America Should Tell China About Venezuela

Bankrolling the region’s biggest humanitarian disaster won’t win Beijing many friends.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (2nd L) talks with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on December 22, 2017.

October 18, 2018

Italy
Does Italy Threaten a New European Debt Crisis?

Italy’s populist government has relished defying the European Union, and its latest showdown with Brussels could threaten the continent’s fragile recovery—and the global economy.

Conte

October 16, 2018

Sexual Violence
The Nobel Committee’s #MeToo Moment

The Norwegian Nobel Committee had its #MeToo moment last week, awarding its peace prize to two courageous leaders in the fight against sexual violence in armed conflict. 

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.

October 15, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Growing Economies Through Gender Parity

Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP.

 Growing Economies Through Gender Parity

October 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Déjà vu, Saudi Style

The longer I write about oil, the more I have become convinced that names and faces can change but the basic storylines repeat themselves. For students of history, it might be tempting to say that th…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018.

December 3, 2014

Alan Gross, Year Six

Today Alan Gross will begin his sixth year in a Cuban prison. His "crime" was to deliver to the minuscule Cuban Jewish community some communications equipment supplied by the United States. The Cuba…