In Lebanon, spatial inequality is deepening amid the economic, financial, and political crises. To level out regional disparities, the Lebanese government should pursue these redistribution policies.
Women are increasingly joining the male-dominated world of smuggling. Could this be the start of a cultural revolution that challenges long-held gender norms?
Most anti-state revolts across the Indian subcontinent have now been crushed, demobilized, or contained. Yet beneath that surface, state coercive power remains contested.
The coronavirus has accelerated a negative trend toward a more polarized and fragmented world. While movement restrictions have momentarily diminished effective diplomacy, the pandemic could help shape a more agile diplomatic craft.
Revisions to the U.S.–South Korea missile guidelines open a new era in Seoul’s space ambitions, but their consequences for regional security are limited.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a trigger for many autocrats to step up repressive measures. But the poor handling of the pandemic by many non-democratic governments, as well as the longer term economic fallout, spells longer-term political trouble for them.
To build his regime, Putin manipulated his predecessors’ crumbling institutions and the country’s economic system. Now, Putin must become his own successor—or let someone else pull his own trick on him.
The choice to hold or delay elections carries big risks for the legitimacy of democratic institutions.
In Egypt, coronavirus response efforts were led by the prime minister and other technocrats. What does this change mean for Egypt—and how long will it last?
The European Parliament should be an important source of democratic oversight and accountability as the EU continues to pursue greater security and defense integration.
Establishing a credible National Wealth Fund would help to alleviate the country’s multiple crises.
With the legitimacy of democratic institutions at stake, global democracy supporters can no longer overlook systemic racism when assessing democratic performance.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Europe and China hoped to put their differences aside. But now the relationship is in free fall, with deep uncertainty about what comes next.
Iraq’s military responses to the coronavirus pandemic are diverse: creating more tension in Shia civil-military relations, buildingtrust in Sunni civil-military relations, and pushing the government to emphasize sovereignty over externally fueled partisanship.
If the E3 can overcome internal differences, formalize its working arrangement, and bring skeptical European countries into the fold, it could become the backbone of European diplomacy.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, European security and defense cooperation reached a new level of ambition. With dark clouds building on many fronts, the EU must safeguard strategic autonomy and ensure democratic quality in defense integration.
While the principal concern about democracy during the coronavirus pandemic has been that European governments will be tempted to hold on to their new executive powers, pressure to restore democracy may now be propelling a predatory and polarized politics.
Once again, Chinese and Indian forces find themselves locked into a tense border standoff. That the latest encounters are occurring at multiple locations along the Line of Actual Control suggests a high degree of Chinese premeditation and approval for the military’s activities from the very top.
The U.S. government must act decisively to support worldwide efforts to contain the second-order consequences of the pandemic in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
Egypt has a yawning generation gap and a regime that wants to reach youth. A new academy may help, but Egypt’s past is littered with similar, failed attempts.