Politics

The New “Twenty Years’ Crisis”: 2000-2020

Peace in our time, cc Flickr Segunda Guerra Mundial, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Is COVID-19 the death knell of liberal internationalism?

COVID-19 in Focus: Brazil

cc Palácio do Planalto, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The high priest of COVID-19 denialism has his work cut out for him in insulating Brazil’s vulnerable economy from the effects of the pandemic.

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (4-1-2020)

COVID-19 shortages, cc Flickr Jon Taylor, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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

Is Belarus Doomed to Dependence on Russia?

BelarusRussiaFlags, cc Flickr Adam Jones, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Minsk has tried to carve out a more independent niche since the Ukraine crisis, but its room for maneuver remains severely constrained.

In Xinjiang, Ethnic Kazakhs Suffer alongside Uyghurs

Sayragul_Sauytbay,_Ele_Kazakh_Autonomous_Prefecture, cc US Gov - Secretary of State's photographer, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sayragul_Sauytbay,_Ele_Kazakh_Autonomous_Prefecture.jpg

It’s not just Uyghurs who are faced with forced ‘re-education’ in China.

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.

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.

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.

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