Periscope – World in Focus

June, 2016

  • 11 June

    A Failed State in Latin America?

    There's still hope for the "pink tide" that swept aside Latin America's right-wing dictators. But in Venezuela, Chavismo is on its last legs.

  • 7 June

    A Very Brazilian Coup

    Brazil's elites can't win an election, but they can engineer an impeachment.

May, 2016

  • 23 May

    Israel, Saudi Arabia New Middle East’s Strange Bedfellows

    Israel and Saudi Arabia are burying the hatchet. For at least 10 reasons, that's not such a good idea.

  • 17 May

    Japan Courts Russia at Sochi Summit

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to travel to Russia in spite of US warnings, and to propose a new level of economic cooperation, may prove to be an important step in pursuing a stronger long-term relationship with Russia.

  • 14 May

    What’s Behind Russia’s Rapprochement With Pakistan?

    What does the Kremlin’s emphasis on Pakistan say about the state of Russia-India ties?

  • 9 May

    British Dream Now a Reality for London’s First Muslim Mayor

    In London, the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver is in charge. He has become Europe’s most powerful Muslim politician. Sadiq Khan’s victory has shown us that the British dream can become a reality.

April, 2016

  • 29 April

    Merkel and Obama: Fault Lines Behind a Friendly Face

    If Obama’s visit to the United Kingdom and Germany confirmed anything, it was the extent to which America’s political elites worry about the strength and unity of Europe.

  • 25 April

    The Limits to Chinese Political Power

    China must be dealt with as it is — case by case, rule by rule, situation by situation. Seeing China clearly as it is requires understanding and accepting the limits on anyone’s power to change it inside or outside the system, and working with the China we have, not the China that even President Xi encourages to dream of 50 or a 100 years hence.

  • 12 April

    Deafening Silence from Ethiopia

    The Ethiopian government is cracking down on journalists and NGOs. Where's the outrage from the international community?

  • 11 April

    Are Poor Societies Stuck with Dictators?

    A classical political science debate focuses on whether democracy is dependent on development. The director of the Electoral Integrity Project revisits the issue using new data from African elections.