Venezuela in Focus: Security

Tear gas, and plastic pellet gunshot used by Venezuela's National Police against a protest in Altamira, Caracas., cc Andrés E. Azpúrua, modiofied, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tear_gas_used_against_protest_in_Altamira,_Caracas;_and_distressed_students_in_front_of_police_line.jpg

Despite some improvement in crime statistics over the past year, Venezuela remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Rwanda’s Vision 2020: Fruition or Failure?

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The Rwandan economic miracle is not without its costs.

Tobacco Kills in More Ways than One

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Tobacco smuggling continues to fund trans-national criminal and terrorist networks around the world. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

Outlook 2020: African Debt Levels


Despite a recent stabilization, African debt levels have some worrying about the continent’s resilience in the event of a global economic downturn.

Reforming Financial Journalism in an Era of Geopolitical Flux

WallStreetProtest, cc Flickr Jonathan McIntosh, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Financial journalism is broken; here’s how to fix it.

Outlook 2020: The Year in Drought


Tracking the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in the year ahead.

Does the Glass Ceiling Really Have 18 Million Cracks in It?

Warren Debate, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy is fighting an uphill battle against militarized masculinity in the United States.

Questions Raised over Mexican Leader’s War on Graft

AMLO in Valladolid, 2012; cc Marysol* Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Lopez Obrador looks to be fulfilling his pledge to tackle corruption but his attitude towards independent institutions does not bode well.

Outlook 2020: Oil Markets


Assessing market risks and potential winners and losers in the year ahead.

Vietnam’s ASEAN and UN Leadership: Difficult Days Ahead

VietnamUN, cc Vietnam News Agency, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnam Mission to the United Nations, for Flag Installation ceremony for the newly-elected non-permanent members to serve on the UNSC for the term 2020-2021.

As Hanoi ascends to its leading role in both ASEAN and the United Nations, it will face a litany of diplomatic and security challenges in the year ahead.

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