Laura Weiss Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
Africa WatchPresidential elections on either end of the continent this week delivered markedly different results. While a vote in Mozambique appears to have secured a victory for the ruling party, elections in Tunisia may have introduced a new political era after outsider Kais Saied won the race in a landslide.
Andrew Green Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
Q&AIndonesia’s Papua region has been rocked by violent protests in recent weeks in response to racist incidents against indigenous Papuans. Dozens of protesters have been killed. Simon Philpott discusses the factors behind the recent unrest in the context of a much longer cycle of ethnic conflict in Papua.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
China NoteChina says it is “on the same page” as the U.S. on a partial trade deal reached in principle Friday. But even if negotiators finalize the tentative agreement, progress toward a more comprehensive pact could be hindered by domestic politics and a lack of trust between both countries’ senior leadership.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Q&AThe number of drug-related deaths in Scotland spiked to nearly 1,200 in 2018—a 27 percent increase over the previous year. In an interview, Catriona Matheson discusses the myriad factors that are causing the epidemic and what authorities at various levels of government are doing to address it.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
Africa WatchSouth Sudan’s peace deal showed signs of faltering this week ahead of a November implementation deadline. With key provisions unmet, including an agreement on the boundaries of the country’s states, opposition leader Riek Machar is threatening to boycott the unity government that is the deal’s centerpiece.
Andrew Green Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Laura Weiss Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Q&AA left-leaning anti-establishment party scored an upset victory in parliamentary elections in Kosovo last weekend. In an interview, Aleksandar Kocic discusses the significance of the election results and what they could mean for stalled negotiations aimed at normalizing relations with neighboring Serbia.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
Q&ARussian border guards have escalated a crackdown on North Korean squid poachers in recent weeks, detaining dozens of fishing vessels and hundreds of crew members. In an interview, Artyom Lukin explains the timing behind Russia’s clampdown and how this is affecting the two countries’ broader relationship.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Africa WatchWith Zambia’s National Assembly set to debate changes to the country’s constitution, President Edgar Lungu appears to be consolidating his party’s hold on power ahead of his 2021 reelection campaign. The proposed amendments have sparked outrage among opposition parties and civil society groups.
Andrew Green Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Q&AVoters in Canada will go to the polls on Oct. 21 to decide whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be returned to power. The election is widely seen as a toss-up. In an interview, Christopher Sands assesses Trudeau’s first term and the factors that could make or break his reelection bid.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019