June 27, 2017

As US Influence Wanes, Is Germany Ready to Step In?

The historic Reichstag building in Berlin which houses German Parliament. (Photo by Simon Varwell, CC License)

Can Germany expand its international influence in the wake of a partial withdrawal of the U.S. from the international stage depends on its ability to play a regionally integrating role, either at the European Union or in other multilateral fora. Read More »

Macron Beats Le Pen, But Can He Lead France?

France's President-elect Emmanuel Macron. (OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS, CC license)

Being president of France won't be easy for Emmanuel Macron. Without the support of an established political party, his legislative agenda may go nowhere fast. Read More »

Why is Venezuela Spiraling Out of Control?

Venezuela’s deep economic and social crisis shows no signs of abating. (Photo by  Rodrigo Suarez, CC license)

Opposition violence and the government’s increasing authoritarianism are both to blame. Read More »

Europe’s Fate Will Depend on the French Presidential Election

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen will face off on May 7 in the second round of voting to determine who will be the next French president.

Next month’s run-off then is a critical juncture for the future of France and the EU. A Le Pen victory could signal the end of the project. The stakes could scarcely be higher. Read More »

Turkish Referendum: Democracy No More?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP, the Justice and Development Party, has been running the country since 2002. (Photo by unaoc, CC license)

Turkey’s April 16 referendum will be long remembered as a turning point in the country’s political history.   Turks were asked to grant additional executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bringing an end to the separation of powers. The 18 proposed constitutional amendments grant the Turkish president sweeping authority over the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, including power to ... Read More »

View from Riyadh: Suu Kyi on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Hashimiah Orphans Madrasah at Pasar borong Selayang, housing Rohingya Muslim girls. (Photo by Firdaus Latif, Wikimedia Commons)

It is high time for the international community to take stringent and decisive measures to halt the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims. Read More »

View from Riyadh: Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and Gulf Unity!

President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia comes weeks after his meeting with the Kingdom's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in White House in March this year. (Photo via video stream)

The Trump administration has decided to rehabilitate its time-tested alliance with the Gulf and allied Arab and Muslim states, such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey. Read More »

Turkey’s Dangerous Referendum

Erdogan has not lost an election since 1994. (Photo by PASOK, CC license)

Turkey's leader will apparently stop at nothing to centralize power — and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate. Read More »

El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold

(Photo by Genia Yatsenko via Center for Policy Studies)

The people of El Salvador and their international allies against irresponsible mining are celebrating a historic victory. After a long battle against global mining companies that were determined to plunder the country’s natural resources for short-term profits, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has voted to ban all metal mining projects.   The new law is aimed at protecting the Central American ... Read More »

Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

A meeting of Rohingya Muslim leaders and their supporters at a January panel. (Photo via Rohingya.org)

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster. Read More »