March 26, 2017

Five Years of Arab Spring: Why it Failed?

A taxi drives past Syrian soldiers manning a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Karama area in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs on May 2, 2012. (File photo by FreedomHouse)

There is little hope for peace in much of West Asia five years after the advent of Arab Spring. Every country is going through its own doomsday, reflected everyday with the uncountable number of innocent deaths. Read More »

Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at NY event on industrialization in Africa in September 2015. (Photo by UNDO, Creative Commons License)

Protests broke out in Ethiopia in November, and the government is continuing its massive crackdown. Read More »

Global Inequality Reaches New Extremes: Report

A view of Manila from a nearby slum. (Photo by Marcin Gabruk, Creative Commons License)

The richest 1% now own more wealth than the rest of the world combined while the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in the past five years. Read More »

Africa’s Success Story

Botswana's capital city Gaborone at night. (Photo via Botswana Tourism)

Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society. Read More »

Tajikistan Early Warning: Internal Pressures, External Threats

Russia, the UN and others should urge President Emomali Rahmon to ensure sustainable stability in Tajikistan. Otherwise, there is little to stop a slide back into old conflict patterns. (UN Photo/Marco Castro, Creative Commons License)

Tajikistan's economy is crippled, with the downturn in Russia adding to the difficulties. The rough economic climate, however, is fundamentally of the government’s making: years of endemic corruption have bled local businesses dry and limit the impact of donor aid. Read More »

View from Turkey: A Sunni-Shia War?

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Even if a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is prevented, proxy wars between these two countries will most probably increase in number in the coming years. One analyst advises Turkey to stay away from these tensions. Read More »

Djibouti: Will China’s Naval Base Cause Friction with the US?

It will be China’s first overseas military base since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. (Photo by Crouchy69, Creative Commons License)

Controversy over the Chinese presence in Africa is rising in many countries, and Djibouti represents an island of stability from which Beijing might be able to run future evacuation operations in a region undergoing many upheavals. It is also conveniently located to provide logistical support for Chinese vessels involved in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. Read More »

2015, The Year That Was: Politics and Society

The Syrian crisis is sending millions of refugees to Europe, adding new complexities to the global refugee crisis. (UNHCR photo by I.Prickett)

As we approach 2016, The Conversation looks at the biggest stories on politics and society over the past 12 months. Read More »

2015: Africa for Pessimists

On March 22, 2014, 300 heavily armed RSF fighters attacked this camp for internally displaced persons in Khor Abeche, South Darfur. The assailants set fire to dozens of shelters, stole livestock, and were implicated in acts of sexual and gender-based violence. (Photo by African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)/MUBARAK BAKO, Creative Commons License)

Despite all the progress – and there is a lot of that – there are still plenty of bad African news stories. Simon Allison looks at what has gone wrong in 2015. Read More »

China’s Rocky Silk Road

An engineer of Pakistan's Frontier Works Organization at the road construction site in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The road is part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo via APP)

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor has the potential to fundamentally alter the China–Pakistan relationship. Until now China has had the luxury of taking the position that Pakistan’s domestic woes were none of its business. But with the security of thousands of nationals and billions of dollars of investments at stake, China may find itself increasingly drawn into Pakistan’s politics and security concerns.   Read More »