Laura Weiss Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Africa WatchAt least three students were killed this week in the latest episodes of ethnic violence in Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been trying to unite the country’s ethnic groups behind a shared political party and a national identity. If he fails, it could portend broader violence across the country.
Andrew Green Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
China Note“Our society has been pushed to the brink of a total breakdown,” Hong Kong’s senior police superintendent said Tuesday, amid a week of citywide paralysis due to strikes and heightened violence. Neither Hong Kong’s protesters nor Beijing seem willing to budge, setting them on a collision course.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
Africa WatchEven for a region that has witnessed the growing entrenchment of extremist groups and skyrocketing violence, it was a particularly deadly week in Africa’s Sahel, with major attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso. Amid all the unrest, governments are attempting to reverse a relatively hapless security response.
Andrew Green Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Q&ASwitzerland’s Greens outdid high expectations in October elections to become the fourth-largest party in the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament. In an interview, Pascal Sciarini explains what drove the Greens strong finish—and the obstacles they face to join Switzerland’s executive Cabinet.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
China NoteEuropean leaders reportedly fear that the anticipated “phase one” trade deal between the U.S. and China will harm EU interests. “We don’t want Europe to be a collateral victim of a U.S.-China trade deal,” a French official said this week, as President Emmanuel Macron traveled to China for a two-day visit.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
Q&AA series of recent police raids in Nigeria revealed inhumane and abusive conditions in what news reports called “Islamic schools.” In an interview, Hannah Hoechner and Sadisu Salisu Idris explain why calling these centers “Islamic schools” is misleading, and why the government’s response to the raids is inadequate.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
Q&ARetired law professor Kais Saied won by a landslide in Tunisia’s presidential runoff in mid-October, days after parliamentary elections resulted in a fractured legislature. In an interview, Mohamed-Dhia Hammami explains how the recent elections have reshaped Tunisia’s political landscape.
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
Q&AHungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, and his right-wing Fidesz party incurred significant losses in local elections earlier this month. Péter Krekó explains how opposition parties were able to notch so many wins against Fidesz and why the election results were a personal blow for Orban.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
China NotePresident Xi Jinping convened a full meeting this week of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee amid unrest in Hong Kong, slowing economic growth and a protracted trade war with the United States. Despite these challenges, the plenum is expected to focus instead on weaknesses within the party.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019