Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a sweeping and ambitious vision at the 19th Party Congress for not just China but all of the world that could have far-reaching impacts on global governance, trade, and security.
In Latin American countries like Nicaragua, it is a slow erosion of democracy rather than an overt rupture that threatens long-term progress and stability.
The recent arrests of several Saudi political figures reinforce long-standing trends toward heightened centralization and more restive public discourse in the kingdom.
To counter China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy, the United States must maintain its leadership role in the Asia Pacific.
India’s muted reaction to the Rohingya crisis is worthy of note, as there had been high expectations that it would help diffuse this state-orchestrated humanitarian crisis.
Comparing Xi Jinping’s report at the 19th Party Congress to earlier such documents provides an excellent indicator of continuities and recent changes in Chinese foreign policy.
In recent years, the Russian government has formulated a policy on the country’s history that aims to consolidate the nation around a single official version of the past. However, because this single version of official collective memory is not acceptable to all citizens, this policy is causing divisions in Russian society.
Amid Asia’s high-profile security concerns, the role of democracy in the region’s geopolitics seems to be gaining resonance.
Policymakers should adopt a more realistic focus on deterring Pyongyang from using its nuclear weapons rather than pursuing low-probability attempts to denuclearize the peninsula in short order.
Responsible nuclear states should work with the global nuclear industry to sustain strong nonproliferation, safety, and security practices in a market increasingly dominated by Russia and China.
U.S. democracy policy is under severe strain, but writing off the United States as a key supporter of global democracy is premature.
Authoritarian trends in Hungary and Poland threaten the EU more than Brexit does because they undermine the union’s legal foundations. Other EU governments need to defend the rule of law more actively.
U.S. President Donald Trump is unpopular in Germany, but Berlin will likely continue to cooperate with Washington where interests align and criticize U.S. policies it disagrees with.
Greater transparency is needed to assess and govern the array of new engineering tools under development to alter the global climate system.
Cyber activism is a useful complement to other forms of activism but not as a decisive game changer for Thailand’s corrosive political divide.
Adding to pressure from loss of know-how and high costs, U.S. nuclear power plant vendors are now challenged by Chinese and Russian exporters whose government owners view nuclear energy in strategic, not commercial terms.
The Kamour sit-in’s self-sufficient organization, open participatory style, mostly peaceful tactics, and realistic demands—along with the government’s understanding and relative openness to dialogue—is a model that barely exists in other Arab countries.
Germany has become a key target of Russia’s attempts to influence decisionmakers and agitate populations in the West. Berlin should take steps to deal with these threats.
A new, creative activism is sweeping through Uganda and challenging the old-style, conformist, traditional forms of organizing.
Beijing’s role and response to the current economic crisis engulfing Venezuela needs to be further examined, particularly in light of China’s loans-for-oil relationship with the developing nation.