IS AMERICA ON THE VERGE OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS?

“The US Republic’s ultimate safety net is public opinion. So far most Americans are not inflamed by the Russia investigations. The other safety net is impeachment. Unless public opinion turns sharply against Mr. Trump, a Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to…

DEMOCRACY IN BANGLADESH: DISAPPEARING

“Cleansing Bangladesh’s politics of corrupt elements in order to pave the way for holding free and fair elections is an open-ended goal the fulfilment of which can take years.”

VENEZUELA’S ENDGAME: DEMOCRACY OR CIVIL WAR

“The street protests that have convulsed Venezuela for the past three-and-a-half months often turn violent: One hundred and two people have already died. Yet the most surprising aspect of the movement is not how rampant violence has been, but how…

ASEAN TURNS 50: WHAT CAN IT DO NOW FOR SOUTH EAST ASIA?

“The EU was the gold standard for regional cooperation. But it continues to struggle with a seemingly never-ending series of crises, including Brexit. So it seems prudent to seek other models of cooperation. ASEAN’s approach may turn out to be…

THE NEXT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST: ITCHING FOR A FIGHT WITH IRAN

“Tehran's regional strategic depth and the complete lack of an international consensus on such a potentially disastrous adventure should dissuade Trump from going after Iran militarily”. Mohammad Ali Shabani (analyst at Al-Monitor)

GEOPOLITICAL CHESSBOARD: BIG POWER COMPETITION IN AFRICA

“60 years after independence, France and Francophone Africa remain entangled beyond separation. French companies have a quasi-monopoly over electricity, telecommunications, infrastructure, airports and harbours. Macron is a neo-liberal determined to open Africa up for greater trade. His view of colonial…

DEATHS OF DESPAIR: AMERICA’S OPIOID EPIDEMIC

“The opioid epidemic has devastated communities and lives across the country, causing more than 200,000 deadly overdoses. It didn’t begin with greedy drug companies or reckless prescribers. It began with compassionate doctors trying to end the suffering of millions of…

LULA’S CONVICTION UNSETTLES BRAZIL

“Lula’s lawyers say he is the victim of ‘a politically motivated investigation’. The sentencing makes it harder for him to run for President in 2018. Debate rages: is Lava Jato an overdue holding to account of the powerful, or a…