Issues / Democracy & Governance
With support from Moscow, Washington, and the former imperial capitals no longer assured, armed groups in Africa now compete for riches in diamond mines, gold pits, oil wells, and rare earth deposits.
Somalia's power-sharing system has failed.
Democratic and political reforms in Burma have been uneven and halting.
Nepal, a strategically located country on the southern flank of the central Himalayas between India and China, has finally caught election fever.
As unrest simmers in the Middle East and the United States edges toward detente with Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to ride out the storm together.
Massive data collection by the NSA comes down much heavier on the cost side of the ledger than the benefit.
Shinzo Abe is back as prime minister, along with his special brand of Abenomics and a whole new politics of hype.
No one knows what a major state would be like if it radically cut back its intelligence services--but based on the recent American record, it’s hard to imagine we could be anything but better off.
The UN helped the Congolese army and international prosecutors stand ready to help try war crimes.
In fact, the military’s claims that Egyptian protesters sought an end to the experiment in democracy are highly doubtful.