December 10, 2017

What Happened to Brazil?

Latin America's largest country once looked ascendant. Now it's been laid low by widespread violence, structural racism, endemic corruption, and external economic shocks. Read More »

The Error of Fighting Terror with Terror

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) says preliminary evidence suggests that more than 100 people have been ‘disappeared’, several killed and scores of others tortured in an ongoing operation by government security agencies. Read More »

The Roots of Violence in Central African Republic

The roadmap to ending the crisis in the ethnically divided Central African Republic, which includes elections before the end of 2015, is only a short-term answer. Read More »

Jeremy Corbyn’s Victory is a Political Bombshell for the UK

Britain's Labor Party is now led by an avowed socialist and longtime peace campaigner. Read More »

Guatemala’s Civil Society Just Did the Impossible

Guatemalans banded together to depose a corrupt administration with dark connections to human rights violations. But another election looms, and the candidates don't inspire confidence. Read More »

European Countries Edge Towards War on Terror

For the first time, a European country has used military force to carry out the premeditated killing of a specific individual outside the context of regular hostilities. Apart from the issue of whether targeted strikes are an effective or wise policy against terrorism, the UK’s latest move raises huge legal questions. Read More »

How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics

Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels. Read More »

Politics, not elections, will change Singapore

It's highly unlikely that the 2015 Singapore election will bring any major change. It is more likely that politics will transform in the longer term. And this change will most likely come from within the ruling party, rather than from the weak opposition or emasculated civil society. Read More »

Can Turkey Compete with Iran in the Caucasus?

In the era now unfolding, Iran possesses the ability to turn Turkey's relatively passive stance in the Caucasus into an advantage for itself. Of course, it is possible that Iran's uneven image in the region, and its unstable relations with regional countries, could get in the way of a rapid rise in power for Tehran here. Read More »

No Exit? Gaza and Israel Between the Wars

Whatever options Hamas and Israel choose will not resolve the underlying conflict. But allowing Gazans to export goods, tax themselves and freely exit and enter the territory would at least offer Israelis and Palestinians the possibility of less bloodshed, while other possibilities, including unblocking the diplomatic impasse, are explored. Read More »