The Syrian civil war that has decimated the country for more than decade, provoking a regional humanitarian crisis and drawing in actors ranging from the United States to Russia, has been drawing inexorably to a conclusion for years now. President Bashar al-Assad, with the backing of Iran and Russia, has emerged militarily victorious from the conflict, which began after his government violently repressed civilian protests in 2011. But is the crisis in Syria really over?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s underperformance in India’s general elections in June 2024 put a dent in his aura of invincibility and suggests that the appeal of his Hindu nationalist agenda could be fading. Whether that forces Modi to rein in his illiberal tendencies remains to be seen.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Many believe that a new coalition government will lead to change in South Africa. That hope ignores the scale of the country’s—and coalition’s—problems.

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