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November 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Populism Is Different but Also Dangerous

The region’s fast-growing but fragile democracies have been susceptible to strongmen and autocratic-leaning populists in recent years, propelled by concerns over inequality, crime, and dysfunctional …

Dondi Tawatao/Reuters

March 25, 2019

Ukraine
Why Ukraine Might Make a TV Actor Its President

Ukraine’s presidential campaign—the first since the upheavals of 2014—is drawing to a close, and the most improbable of candidates has taken the lead. Could he really become the country’s next presid…

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky backstage during the filming of his comedy show.

March 18, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Election Disappoints

February’s presidential election does not inspire confidence in the democratic trajectory of Africa’s most populous country.

A young man climbs up a wall plastered with election posters during a rally in Kano to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.

March 12, 2019

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
Measles and the Threat of the Anti-vaccination Movement

Measles cases have spiked as a growing number of anti-vaxxers, opting out of immunizations for their kids, threaten decades of progress toward eliminating the disease.

A medical staff worker with a syringe containing vaccine for measles and mumps at a clinic in Moscow, Russia.

August 6, 2018

Iran
The Return of U.S. Sanctions on Iran: What to Know

The United States has reactivated sanctions against Iran that could trigger the collapse of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

February 20, 2019

Thailand
Thailand’s Election: What to Know

Thailand will go through the motions of free elections in March, but the likely result will be entrenched authoritarian rule and further instability.

Supporters of the Pheu Thai Party rally in Ubon Ratchathani Province.

November 29, 2018

Russia
Trump and Putin at the G20: No More Smiles

The United States and Russia are at odds on so many issues that the upcoming summit could convince their two presidents to give up on better relations and accept estrangement.

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February 14, 2019

Russia
How Will the U.S. Respond to Russia-OPEC Cooperation?

Congress is considering a bill that could punish countries for artificially boosting oil prices. What could that mean for warming ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia?

Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images

May 2, 2019

Russia
Have Sanctions on Russia Changed Putin’s Calculus?

Since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine, Western powers have hit Moscow with economic sanctions, hoping to put a stop to President Vladimir Putin’s aggression. Have they worked?

Russia Economy Putin

May 31, 2019

Israel
How to Read Israel’s Election Turmoil

Israel’s politics have been upended for much of this year by elections and are now set to be disrupted for much of the rest, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces likely indictment on corrupt…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset in Jerusalem.