Venezuela: An Unsettling Stasis

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Recent stability in Venezuela is not real progress - it’s just the calm before the storm.

DR Congo and the Conundrum of UN Peacekeeping

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The UN’s troubled mission in the DRC is bringing some of the challenges of modern peacekeeping into sharp relief.

Revisiting Dictatorship in Indonesia: The “Good Old Days”?

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Democracy, as the popular saying goes, is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

Is the EU Finally Getting Tough on Smoking?

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New regulations targeting Big Tobacco are being rolled out throughout Europe.

The Long Road to Justice for Sri Lanka Civil War Victims

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Victims on both sides of the Sri Lanka civil war are still searching for closure.

US Truck Drivers Brace for the Bot Onslaught

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Automation in the long-haul trucking industry threatens millions of jobs. US politicians can either get ahead of the curve now, or reap the whirlwind later on.

Somaliland’s Fading Chance for Recognition

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Recent polls in Somaliland will go down as a lost chance for greater international recognition.

In Falling Birthrates, Japan Faces an Existential Crisis

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Birth rates are so low in Japan that a precipitous drop in population is now all but inevitable. What’s causing the problem, and what can be done about it?

Mali Crisis: A Historical Perspective of the Azawad Movement

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A course correction is needed if Mali is to avoid the same fate as Afghanistan.

NYC Attack Evokes Forgotten ‘Islamic State’ of Central Asia

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The possibility that Sayfullo Saipov was radicalized in Uzbekistan should surprise no one.

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