Situation Reports

Signs of Infrastructure Spending Boost in China

Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, cc modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dalian_China_Construction-site-01.jpg

With a flagging economy and no end to the US-China trade war in sight, will Beijing go back to the infrastructure stimulus well?

Nigeria’s Winding Road to Recovery

Buhari Poster in Nigeria, cc Flickr Clara Sanchiz, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Will President Buhari’s economic legacy be “digital pioneer” or “purveyor of a lost decade”?

President Trump Takes Aim at the WTO

TrumpCPAC, cc Flickr Michael Vadon, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Trump administration has an opportunity to strike at the heart of the global trade regime, and it intends to take it.

Iran-backed Militias Fire on Protesters in Iraq

Popular Mobilization Program Graduates and Equips Tribal Forces, cc Cpl. John Baker, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=popular+mobilization+unit&fulltext=Search&fulltext=Advanced+search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&advanced=1&searchToken=2t68bsgt60p9r4792sko3mz2k#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3APopular_Mobilization_Program_Graduates_and_Equips_Tribal_Forces_150902-M-VZ998-882.jpg, modified

The brazen attacks on unarmed protesters represent a serious escalation in what was already a violent struggle for reform.

No End in Sight for South Africa’s Economic Malaise

Ramaphosa2, cc Flickr G20 Argentina, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The latest numbers out of South Africa suggest more economic pain to come.

Finding a Way Forward in Lebanon’s Political Impasse

LebanonFlag, cc craigfinlay, modified, flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Lebanon is now entering the seventh week of a socio-economic crisis that has brought the country to the brink of financial collapse. What comes next, nobody can know with any degree of certainty.

Terrorism Returns to London

WestminsterBridge, cc Flickr Jorge Láscar, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The killings of two young people during a terror attack on London Bridge have stirred up political argument in Britain. But the father of one of the victims has penned an impassioned plea, urging the press not to use his son's death to further an “agenda of hate.”

The Evolving Threat of ISIS in the Philippines

Bombing of Marawi City, cc Sariling gawa, modified, https://tl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talaksan:Bombing_on_Marawi_City.jpg

After a lull, could Islamic State rebound in the Philippines?

Interim Period Is Make-or-Break for Bolivia

Wiphala, cc Flickr David Hernández (aka davidhdz), modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Literally besieged from all sides, Bolivia’s unlikely new president faces an uphill battle to stabilize the country.

Iran Bends under the Weight of US ‘Maximum Pressure’

A picture from the Tehran protests of 2009, cc Milad Avazbeigi, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tehran_protests_(2).jpg

New nationwide protests are heaping pressure on the Rouhani regime; but all routes to a political solution remain blocked off.

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