Africa WatchRecent efforts to apprehend two campaigners for ethnic self-determination highlight the troubling habits of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, as well as a pattern of Nigeria making demands of its smaller neighbors and getting its way, even at the expense of international norms and diplomatic protocol.
Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede Friday, July 30, 2021
Europe DecoderMonths after Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko hijacked a plane in order to arrest a Belarusian dissident, and weeks into a crisis in which he is encouraging migrants to cross Belarus’ shared border with the EU as retaliation for Western sanctions, Brussels still has no plan for how to deescalate tensions with Minsk.
Dave Keating Thursday, July 29, 2021
China NoteBeijing’s increasingly uncompromising posture toward policy disagreements with foreign powers was on display in the latest round of U.S.-China high-level diplomacy. But the sharp, aggressive tone used by Chinese officials is now also filtering down to the Chinese public on the streets of Zhengzhou and elsewhere.
Rachel Cheung Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Middle East MemoTunisian President Kais Saied suspended parliament Sunday night and followed that up with a raft of edicts concentrating judicial, legislative and executive power in his own hands. His coup could still be reversed, if enough Tunisian constituencies rally against renewed dictatorship—and if they receive international backing.
Thanassis Cambanis Monday, July 26, 2021
Weekly Wrap-UpExplosive revelations this week from the Pegasus Project detailed the widespread use of surveillance software by governments to spy on their own citizens, but also on foreign journalists and even heads of government. But in many ways, the Pegasus Project’s revelations are not really revelations at all.
Judah Grunstein Friday, July 23, 2021
Africa WatchLow and middle-income countries in Africa were assured by the “international community” that vaccines would be made available to their citizens. Away from the triumphalism of global summitry and public pledges, however, the rhetoric of internationalism did not match the reality of vaccine nationalism and geopolitics.
Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede Friday, July 23, 2021
Q&AIsraeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been in office for just over a month, but he is moving quickly to set a new tone on foreign policy. On the Trend Lines podcast this week, Michael Koplow joined WPR’s Elliot Waldman to talk about Netanyahu’s legacy the Bennett government’s early foreign policy moves.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Europe DecoderLast week, the European Union surpassed the United States when it comes to the share of its population that is vaccinated against COVID-19. Despite this record, the Biden administration has kept in place the U.S. ban on Europeans entering the U.S. for non-essential travel, which has now been in place for a year and a half.
Dave Keating Thursday, July 22, 2021
Middle East MemoRestoring Mosul will require clearing the wreckage that mars the entire city. But it will also require a narrative that accounts for the city’s deep opposition to ISIS and the wells of support for the caliphate, as virtually every family and clan has members who fought against the group as well as members who joined.
Thanassis Cambanis Monday, July 19, 2021