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The impact of Cyclone Idai on Mozambique

On March 14, Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, causing extensive flooding, destruction of infrastructure, and the deaths of hundreds of people. The city was 90% devastated, with infrastructural challenges such as neglect of buildings and roads laid bare in the storm’s aftermath.

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Spanish elections and the Catalan crisis explained

Spanish citizens will head to the polls today in one of Spain’s most consequential national elections since its 1978 democratic transition. The upcoming elections are especially important because of the increasing political fragmentation due partly to the Catalan political crisis and the rise of the far-right Vox party.

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Dirty fuel: How toxic diesel is creating health problems in Africa

In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, there is a growing number of people struggling to breathe. Medical professionals who work…

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How a U.S. citizen is attempting to overthrow the Libyan government

A powerful local militia attempted to challenge the government in Libya early this month. Libya is officially ruled by the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), which is based in Tripoli and headed by Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj. Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan military officer, has a long and colorful history in Libyan politics. Haftar served in the military coup that brought Muammar Gaddafi to power in 1969, soon becoming a top military officer in Gaddafi’s regime before the general disavowed Haftar.

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Cameroon’s language war, explained

Since about late 2016, Cameroon has been embroiled in a violent conflict due to language. The source of the conflict…

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Consistency is key: An analysis of U.S. policy on the Golan Heights

U.S. President Donald Trump announced at the end of March that the U.S. would recognize Israeli control of the disputed Golan Heights, reversing long-standing U.S. policy. The Golan Heights announcement has significant geopolitical implications beyond the domestic realms in both Israel and the U.S.

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President Rouhani’s visit to Iraq, explained

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a historic visit to Iraq in March 2019, his first trip to Iraq since his…

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The Boeing 737 Max 8 and international aviation precedent

On March 10, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound to Nairobi, Kenya crashed six minutes after it took off from…

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The erosion and relevance of British parliamentary sovereignty

The United Kingdom does not have a written constitution, meaning its constitution is “partly written and wholly uncodified.” As a…

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Algeria’s protests and presidential election, explained

On February 22, 2019, protests broke out across Algeria, from big cities such Algiers to small towns such as Tamanrasset,…

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Brexit preparations: The Dutch dilemma

Editor’s note: Approximately six hours after this article was published, European leaders announced an agreement with the UK to delay…

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Afghanistan: Italy’s confused answer to a complicated situation

Italian politics have always been confusing, both for Italian and for international observers. For this reason, when unconfirmed sources in…

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Morocco and Saudi Arabia reach a breaking point

In February, Morocco recalled its envoy to Saudi Arabia as relations between the two countries began to break down. Ambassador…

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Venezuela’s two presidents, explained

Venezuela is currently the land of two presidents. One, Nicolás Maduro, was re-elected last May after a widely disputed election…

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The U.S. exit from the INF: causes and consequences

On December 8, 1987, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The treaty forced the United…

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The outlook for peace between India and Pakistan

On February 14, 2019, a suicide bomber affiliated with the Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad killed more than 40 Indian paramilitary…

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Europe’s inability to implement foreign policy

The European Union’s ability to smoothly implement a cohesive, coherent foreign policy stance or doctrine is eroding.

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Western media’s mistreatment of global women’s movements

Recent reports of the #MeToo movement in China and the “Women’s Wall” protest in southern India show the shortfalls of American and European media coverage of global women’s movements.

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The Kurdish-Turkish conflict in Iraq: recent escalation

An angry crowd of protestors stormed a Turkish military base last month in the semi-autonomous Kurdish province of Duhok, in…

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Bidding adieu to Bashir? Sudan’s anti-government protests, explained

On 19 December 2018, protests erupted in the northeastern Sudanese city of Atbara. From there the protests spread to cities…

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Huawei arrests: The disconnect between China and the West

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has become the epicenter of heightened Western scrutiny over the company’s suspected connection to Chinese espionage,…

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Russia’s treatment of the LGBTQ community

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.” John…

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Afghanistan’s presidential election: candidates and consequences

The current state of Afghanistan is general chaos, as the Taliban continues to wreak havoc in the poor, war-torn country….

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Russia’s role in the Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 when pro-democracy protests erupted as part of the Arab Spring movement, a series…

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Paweł Adamowicz’s murder: an ominous sign of the times

Charity events are supposed to be gathering moments for people who support good causes. Despite possible differences, including partisan affiliation,…

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The Bolsonaro administration: causes and consequences

In October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) became Brazil’s next president, defeating Fernando Haddad of the…

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Zimbabwe’s inflation crisis, explained

Zimbabwe’s official inflation rate shot up more than 10 points to 42.1 percent in December 2018, a crisis brought on…

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Macedonia’s name change: Greece in chaos

Macedonia’s parliament voted on Friday to change their name to the Republic of North Macedonia, putting the ball in Greece’s…

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Unrest in Tunisia: A second Arab Spring?

Monday, 14 January 2019, marked eight years since Tunisia’s citizens ousted former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The Tunisian…

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The plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt

Religious tensions are rising in Egypt following the November 2018 murder of seven Coptic Christians in Minya, a province south…

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Economic and political unrest in Italy, explained

An October 2018 viral video showed an escalator in Rome malfunctioning, injuring dozens of people. The video captured the escalator…

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Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis: aftermath

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to replace Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapaksa — and…

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U.S. sanctions on Iran: the international reaction

On November 5, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced its “largest ever single-day action” targeting…

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Shinzo Abe’s path to reform Japan’s constitution

In September 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected in a landslide victory as the head of Japan’s ruling…

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Ebola in the DRC: threats and outlook

The Democratic Republic of Congo is undergoing its tenth epidemic of Ebola since the disease’s first appearance in the country….

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The #MeToo Movement in China

#MeToo movement goes global Since October of 2017, a social media-driven movement against sexual harassment, known as the #MeToo movement,…

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Angela Merkel’s resignation: causes and consequences

On Oct. 29, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will abdicate her role as leader of the Christian Democratic Union…

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Brexit: The Irish border dilemma

“Can the Irish border issue sink the Brexit negotiations?” Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator over Brexit, was asked that…

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Voting for a future: Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan

Afghans came out to vote en masse last weekend as Afghanistan held its third parliamentary elections since the fall of…

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Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, round two

Background This Sunday’s presidential runoff election in Brazil is exemplary of a trend that has become increasingly pronounced in recent…

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Macedonia’s failed referendum is a win for Russia

The failed Macedonian name referendum, proposing changing the name of the country from Macedonia to North Macedonia, caught the attention…

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Ortega’s Nicaragua: A broken promise

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” —Harvey Dent, The Dark…

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landmark election

On 1 December 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be inaugurated the next Mexican president. AMLO, a leftist, previously served…

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Increasing Use Of Covert Warfare and Assassinations in Ukraine

On October 26th, 2017, Ukrainian MP Ihor Mosiychuk walked out of a TV studio with his bodyguards and into Kiev’s…

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Latin American Elections in 2018, Part II: Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela

This is the second installment in a two-part series. For the first part, click here. Colombia Colombia’s political landscape is…

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Latin American Elections in 2018 Part I: Cuba, Brazil

Practically since its inception, the United States has professed its vested interest in strong self-government in Latin America. That interest…

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India’s Tax Reform Boosts Business Friendliness Rankings

Between headlines of the White House’s latest administration-ending scandal and Robert Mueller’s progress in the Trump-Russia probe, vital news about…

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The Short and Long Term Impacts of the KRG Referendum

On September 25th, the Kurdistan Region overwhelmingly voted for independence, with the final tally being at a 92% independence vote…

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After the 2017 Snap Election, Brexit Could Go Either Way

In my predictions for the 2017 snap election, I claimed that in all likelihood, Theresa May and the Tories would…