Periscope – World in Focus

April, 2016

  • 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.

  • 5 April

    Explainer: What Are ‘Tax Havens’?

    Tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands and Panama have a few key things in common.

  • 4 April

    What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

    Complacency in the face of long-understood risks should be replaced by strong political will and effective mechanisms to prevent further escalations in Nagorno-Karabakh – and indeed elsewhere in Europe and Russia’s shared neighborhood.

  • 3 April

    Sunny Days Ahead for Blossoming China–Nepal Ties

    It is no coincidence that Chinese aid is flowing into Nepal at a rapid rate. China prioritizes relations with Nepal due to its geo-strategic location, lying between India and China’s autonomous region of Tibet. Chinese interest in Nepal has been stoked by national security concerns related to the free Tibet movements.

March, 2016

  • 29 March

    South Sudan’s Peace Needs More than Tents and Generators

    As temperatures continue to rise in Juba, so do tensions. Many Western donors feel the government is holding them and the peace deal hostage in the hope of getting cash for implementation.

  • 16 March

    Why Putin Has Pulled Russia out of Syria

    The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead.

  • 9 March

    The Kaesong’s Woes on the Korean Peninsula

    The closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex has virtually revived the Cold War between the two Koreas. Tensions are likely to escalate on the Korean Peninsula in the days ahead.

February, 2016

  • 18 February

    Darkness at High Noon in Korea

    With governments on both sides of the DMZ extinguishing what little remained of the "sunshine era" of engagement, the peninsula is lurching toward a new period of darkness.