Elliot Waldman Friday, April 26, 2019
Africa WatchUgandan authorities seem increasingly worried about popular frustration with President Yoweri Museveni’s long rule, and specifically about a politician who’s been able to channel it effectively: pop star Bobi Wine. Read up on that and other stories from across the continent in our weekly roundup of Africa news.
Robbie Corey-Boulet Friday, April 26, 2019
Q&AThe prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore met for their annual leaders’ retreat earlier this month, where they calmed recent disputes over long-standing issues involving territory and shared water resources. In an interview, Ja Ian Chong discusses the recent chill, and thaw, in Malaysia-Singapore ties.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Robbie Corey-Boulet Thursday, April 25, 2019
China NoteChina is expected to promote a rebooted version of its Belt and Road Initiative when world leaders from 37 countries gather in Beijing this week for the second Belt and Road Forum. Critics have long viewed the initiative as a bid to spread Chinese influence abroad via “debt-trap diplomacy” and other tactics.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Q&AEarlier this month, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno stripped Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of the asylum he’d been granted in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012, under former President Rafael Correa. That decision is only part of Moreno’s broader effort to roll back key aspects of Correa’s legacy.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Q&APresident Ibrahim Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party scored a historic victory in the Maldives’ parliamentary elections earlier this month, clearing the way for a full accounting of the debts incurred by Solih’s predecessor. David Brewster discusses the significance of those results for Solih going forward.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Q&ARecent high-level diplomatic engagement between Armenia and Azerbaijan has raised expectations for progress on resolving the frozen conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. But while there have been some tentative signs of progress, the two sides are still fundamentally at odds on important issues, says Laurence Broers.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Africa WatchThe current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst in the country’s history, yet many people living in affected areas have yet to come to terms with the danger the disease poses. Read up on that and other stories from across the continent in our weekly roundup of Africa news.
Robbie Corey-Boulet Friday, April 19, 2019
Q&AIn a reversal of more than two decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration announced yesterday that it would allow Cuban Americans to sue foreign companies operating on Cuban property seized during the 1959 revolution. In an interview, William M. LeoGrande discusses the move’s implications.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
China NoteAspects of China’s “social credit” system, which U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has derided as “Orwellian,” have prompted valid concerns about the potential for misuse of personal information. Yet the system has pragmatic objectives that many Chinese people support, scholar Genia Kostka says in an email interview.
Benjamin Wilhelm Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Q&ALawmakers in Brazil are expected to begin discussions on a draft proposal to reform the country’s pension system next week, a key hurdle for President Jair Bolsonaro. In an interview, Peter Kingstone discusses the thorny political issues surrounding the high-stakes debate over pension reform in Brazil.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019