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March 25, 2019

Puerto Rico
Is There Still A Path that Returns Puerto Rico to Debt Sustainability?

The relatively generous settlement with the sales-tax backed bonds (COFINA) has reduced the funds available for everyone else.

Is There Still A Path that Returns Puerto Rico to Debt Sustainability?

March 22, 2019

Mozambique
The American Midwest and Southeastern Africa Hit by Storms and Flooding

In March, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi have experienced severe flooding from Cyclone Idai. Around the same time, parts of Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska experienced devastating flooding along parts of the Missouri River system caused by heavy snowmelt and rain. 

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March 20, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election: Southeast Asia’s Drifting Heavyweight

Indonesia’s high-stakes vote for president is likely to result in more political stagnation for the world’s third-largest democracy.

A man stands in front of an Indonesian election campaign mural

March 20, 2019

South Africa
ANC Power Broker Arrested Prior to Elections in South Africa

South Africa’s national elections will take place on May 8. Looking toward that event, the African national Congress (ANC) and its leader, state president Cyril Ramaphosa, is working to improve the party’s image, much besmirched by corruption and mafia-style assassinations.

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March 20, 2019

Algeria
An Algerian Arab Spring?

Is the Arab Spring back, as some protesters, activists, and analysts have declared? The uninspiring answer is a qualified maybe.

People carry their national flags as they gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, Algeria March 15, 2019

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

March 20, 2019

Vietnam
The Evolution of U.S.–Vietnam Ties

Once locked in war, Vietnam and the United States have built mature ties rooted in mutual economic and security interests.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House, Washington, DC.

March 18, 2019

Southeast Asia
Five Eyes Intelligence Sharing Has Failed to Combat White Nationalist Terrorism

By Van Jackson New Zealand may appear to be a paradise in the Pacific, but it is afflicted by many of the problems facing other liberal democracies, such as a rising suicide rate and deep socioeco…

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March 15, 2019

China
The Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Was Not Replicated Across Asia

China's surplus is down relative to its pre-global crisis level, both in dollar terms and as a percent of China's own GDP.    The same cannot be said of China's neighbors.   East and Southeast Asia a…

The Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Was Not Replicated Across Asia

March 15, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
In 2019 Africa’s Relevance Should No Longer Be a Surprise

By 2050 one in four people in the world will be African, and yet for many in the U.S. foreign policy community Africa remains an afterthought. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and heads of states of African countries pose for a photo ahead of the 'G20 Compact with Africa' summit in Berlin, Germany, October 2018