January 17, 2019Zimbabwe
This week’s alarming developments in Zimbabwe have prompted a curious response from President Emmerson Mnangagwa. A massive popular protest against fuel price increases, fed by broader frustration with an economy crippled by a currency crisis and decades of mismanagement, tipped into violence as security forces responded with a heavy hand, arresting over 600 people, leaving eight dead, and dozens injured.
January 9, 2019Middle East and North Africa
On January 9, 2005—exactly 14 years ago today—Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority. For a four-year term. Today Abbas begins serving the fifteenth year of his four-year…
February 15, 2019South Korea
Despite both leaders’ desire to highlight their own achievements, the second summit’s outcome may be determined more by the ability of each side to respond to each other’s weaknesses than by the abil…
February 15, 2019Syrian Civil War
Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.
February 15, 2019Nigeria
Nigeria will hold its sixth national election since the current transition toward democracy began with the end of military rule in 1999. Despite some seventy presidential candidates, the competition for the presidency is really a two-horse race. It pits incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
February 14, 2019Russia
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?