Earlier this month, Guatemala’s movement for transitional justice received a major boost when a judge charged six retired military officers for their alleged participation in civil war-era atrocities. But the progress coincided with an almost immediate backlash from Guatemala’s political elites.
With China’s vaccination campaign hitting 1 billion total doses administered Saturday, Beijing has wasted no time to champion its authoritarian approach as a model for others to follow. But new questions about the efficacy of Chinese vaccines and a recent outbreak are casting fresh doubts on China’s COVID success story.
Boycotts can be a powerful tool for political dissidents, transforming diffuse popular sentiment into a targeted beam powerful enough to force political change. Election boycotts, however, are a different matter altogether. While understandable in the face of oppression, they tend to do more harm than good.
Though closely vetted and controlled, Iran’s “managed democracy” has at times delivered surprise electoral outcomes. Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is a notable example. This year, however, the Iranian regime seemed intent on reducing the chances for such a surprise in today’s presidential election.
Ethiopia is preparing to vote in long-delayed national and regional parliamentary elections Monday—at least, part of it is. Between the conflict in Tigray, logistical delays in other constituencies and some of the opposition calling for a boycott, at least a fifth of the country will not be casting a ballot.
The unprecedented broadsides from leaders of the G-7 and NATO this week cemented a tougher collective trans-Atlantic stance against Beijing. The language coming out of the summits marks a win for Joe Biden, who is seeking to reinvigorate and reorient America’s alliances, with an emphasis on countering China’s rise.
U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in the U.K. this week for the first leg of a trip that will include the G-7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall this weekend, and the NATO leaders’ summit and U.S.-EU summit in Brussels early next week. The trip marks the first real test of Biden’s oft-repeated promise that “America is back.”