Situation Reports

Petropolitics 101: The Case of Guyana

Bohrinsel Curacao, cc Flickr dronepicr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Guyana failed to evade the “resource curse” once. Will it happen again?

Corruption and Sectarianism Sinking PM Hopefuls in Iraq

IraqProtests2, unknown author, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baghdadprotests.jpg

The old guard has yet to moot a palatable candidate for the young Iraqis demanding change.

Freedom House 2020: Africa in Freefall?

SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team 25 March, a woman holds the Somali flag at Mogadishu International Airport during a ceremony held to recieve the casket containing the body of fomer Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed who died aged 77 on Friday at a hospital in the Gulf State of Abu Dhabi. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE. / SomaliFlag, cc Flickr, modified, AMISOM Public Information, public domain

Democracy continues to backslide on the African continent.

Quetta Attack: An Outgrowth of Sectarian Conflict or a New Target of ISKP?

Pakistan Flag, cc Nicholas Raymond, modified, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-pakistan_grunge_flag_p1062.html

Assessing the usual terrorist suspects behind a recent suicide bombing in Quetta.

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (3-25-2020)

COVID19-roundup, cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recounting global disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak, along with the growing list of government stimulus initiatives deployed to mitigate them.

Strong USD Spells Trouble for Borrowers in Emerging Markets

USDollar, cc Flickr frankieleon, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A strong USD could savage those who borrowed heavily in the currency, whether a state-owned corporation like Mexico’s Pemex or a resource-dependent sovereign like Nigeria.

Russia’s ‘National Projects’ in Need of a Lift

Logo of the National Projects fund in Russia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Logo_of_the_National_Projects_of_Russia.svg, modified

A Keynesian stimulus program has been beset by delays and the private sector’s reluctance to get involved.

South Asia Braces for COVID-19 Lockdown

India COVID, Press Information Office, government of India, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minister_visiting_the_Coronavirus_Quarantine_Centre.jpg

The region’s leaders are about to face the ultimate test.

Ethiopia: COVID-19 & Constitutional Crisis

EthiopiaFlag, cc Flickr John Iglar, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed must stem the spread of both COVID-19 and ethnic strife if his new Prosperity Party is to prevail in this year’s elections.

COVID-19: Make or Break Time for the Euro

euro, cc Flickr Enrico Matteucci, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Greek sovereign debt crisis left cracks in the foundation of the grand experiment of the euro. Will COVID-19 pry them open?

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