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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…

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Russia’s Arctic Policy: What Happens Next?

Over the past decade, Russia has invested billions of dollars into restoring Soviet Arctic air and naval bases in hopes…

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Could North Korea-US tensions Culminate to Armed Conflict?

Just a few days ago, the US Secretary of State claimed the country must “prepare for the worst”, as a…

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Assessing the Trump Administration’s Policies on Iran and its Potential Implications

On October 13, President Donald Trump announced his administration’s new strategy on the Iranian regime that has been a headache…

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The Media’s Disappointing Reaction to the Attack in Somalia

It is no shock that 2017 has been a painful year for the world. Twenty-three people were killed in an…

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One Country, Two Systems

This past summer, Hong Kong residents celebrated the 20th anniversary of the island’s handover from British back to Chinese rule….

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China’s Nineteenth Party Congress: What it is and What is at Stake

The highest-ranking Chinese Communist Party members gathered in Beijing on October 18th for the twice-a-decade National Party Congress. The Party…

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The Implications of Hybrid Warfare on European Security

What exactly is “hybrid warfare”? The term has received criticism for being too vague. Michael Kofman and Matthew Rojansky have…

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What the 2017 Snap Election means for Brexit

Despite repeatedly claiming that she wouldn’t do so, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election to be…

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Full Stop for the Kony Op? The Case for American Withdrawal from a Central African Manhunt

It was an unprecedented time in American conscience: widespread, bipartisan outrage, reinforced by the hefty force of popular culture, spurred…

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Egypt: Reexamining an Old Friendship

  On April 3, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made his first visit to the White House in a meeting…