Opinion

Did “Putin’s World Cup” Pack a Geopolitical Punch?

Vladimir_Putin_FIFA_World_Cup_Trophy_Tour_kick-off_ceremony, modified www.kremlin.ru

Russia’s World Cup dividend is set to be short-lived. The same might not be true for Qatar in 2022.

Fishing Frontlines: A Sea Change for Southeast Asia Fish Exports

Catfish (Pangasius) from Vietnam's freshwater fish farms. Vietnamfish, Cong Mao - Vietnam News Agency., modified.

Strong region-wide management practices can help replenish Southeast Asia’s declining fish stocks. But getting there won’t be easy.

The International Criminal Court’s New Jurisdiction Gambit

ICC2, cc Flickr Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC), modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The ICC is attempting to rehabilitate its global image by extending its jurisdiction and prosecuting rights abusers outside of Africa.

Spain: The Final Test Case for Social Democracy in the EU

Pedro Sanchez, cc Rodrigo Ponce de León, modified, https://www.eldiario.es/licencia/ ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pedro-Sanchez-congreso-PSOE_EDIIMA20170618_0312_21.jpg

Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE must find a workable solution to the migration issue; the future of social democracy in Europe may depend on it.

Sudan Might Be Open for Business, but Only for the Intrepid

Sudanmineaction, cc Flickr Norsk Folkehjelp Norwegian People's Aid, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It’s going to take creativity, hard work, and patience, but with some luck we may be looking at a new African economic powerhouse in the years to come.

Africa: Playground for Asian Powers

Mombasa port, cc Flickr, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/meaact/

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Japan Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) are playing to their strengths as the competition for Africa heats up.

Democracy and the Arc of Progress

StatueofLIberty, cc Flickr Pablo Muñoz, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After decades of progress, democracy is backsliding worldwide. At what point will people rise up and put a stop to it?

Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?

TrumpNazarb, cc Flickr The White House, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Washington has been making minor inroads into Central Asia, but will it be enough to stave off diplomatic irrelevance vis-à-vis China and Russia?

Trump’s Trade Policy Is an Own Goal for American Consumers

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, in an aircraft hangar at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

President Trump underestimated the resolve of EU policymakers, and consumers worldwide are about to pay for it.

Will the 2018 Elections Truly Reshape Mexico?

AMLO2, cc Flickr Eneas De Troya, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It’s hard to separate the reality from the hype surrounding Mexico’s new president.

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