Author: Matthew Appel

Moldova Holds First Direct Presidential Election Since 1996

Moldova Holds First Direct Presidential Election Since 1996

Politics have never been an entirely local affair in Moldova. Wedged between Ukraine and Romania, the country has long been seen as a key battleground for influence between Russia and the West. In recent years, Moldova’s pro-Western government has made some major steps toward European Union membership, including an Association […]

Assessing Rodrigo Duterte’s First Hundred Days in Office

Assessing Rodrigo Duterte’s First Hundred Days in Office

Even before declaring his candidacy for President of the Philippines last November, Rodrigo Duterte was no stranger to controversy. Throughout his time serving as the mayor of Davao City, a major urban center on the southern island of Mindanao, Duterte had acquired a reputation as a tough-talking populist with an […]

What Does Islam Karimov’s Death Mean For Uzbekistan and Central Asia?

What Does Islam Karimov’s Death Mean For Uzbekistan and Central Asia?

Central Asia’s largest country by population, Uzbekistan, is currently going through its most crucial leadership transition in recent history. On August 29th, reports began to emerge from various Russian-language media outlets that Islam Karimov, the only president in Uzbekistan’s history, had passed away after suffering a stroke. Government sources vehemently […]