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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

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 19, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Womenomics Is Flipping the Script on Men in Japan

In addressing legal barriers and challenging entrenched gender stereotypes, Japan is pushing for gender equality in the workplace and growing its economy.

Commuters go home by train at Tokyo station March 23, 2011.

March 19, 2019

United Kingdom
Brexit’s Stickiest Point: The Irish Backstop

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been unable to convince her own party to pass the Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union because of its backstop provision. What is it, and why does it m…

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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 15, 2019

North Korea
Picking Up the Pieces After Hanoi

It is time to put denuclearization on the back burner and adopt realistic approaches toward North Korea. An all-or-nothing approach will yield nothing, leaving the United States worse off than before…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

March 14, 2019

India
American Media Should Stop Soft-Pedalling and Call a Terrorist a Terrorist

This article was originally published in the Times of India. Why is it so difficult for US media to use the word “terrorism” in the context of South Asia? Escalating tensions between India and …

Masood Azhar is surrounded by Pakistani police and his armed guards at Islamabad's Lal Mosque (Red Mosque) in Melody Market January 27, 2000.

March 14, 2019

Noncommunicable Diseases
Democracy Matters in Global Health

Democracy has played little role in the recent history of global health, but new research published in the Lancet shows democracy is becoming more important as the health needs of low- and middle-inc…

A man wearing a health mask walks out of a voting booth in Xinbei, Taiwan.

March 13, 2019

Military Operations
400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything

If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.

U.S. President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, delivers remarks to U.S. troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018.