Xi Jinping was already set to make headlines as he stepped up to the podium at the Davos World Economic Forum in January. No Chinese leader had ever addressed the conference before. But it was only when he opened his mouth that it became clear he was also set to make history with his words.The […]

In the wake of Yahya Jammeh’s arrest at the hands of Senegalese forces, Vladimir Putin’s return to one of his alleged favorite pastimes, and Nicolás Maduro’s increasingly creative efforts to hollow out Venezuela’s democratic institutions, an old piece of conventional wisdom about authoritarian leaders is apparently being validated: They only leave office in coups, in […]

In recent months, “populism” has become an international buzzword as the de-facto explanation for unanticipated political events. Used triumphantly or with resentment, the term is now thrown around with such frequency that its meaning — much like the terms “conservative” and “liberal” — is rarely reflected upon. Rather than being viewed as elastic terms whose exact […]

Since coming into office, US President Donald Trump has signed multiple executive orders attempting to repeal the policies enacted by former President Barack Obama. These efforts have worried many foreign governments, who are painfully aware that the global power dynamic could change significantly over the next few months. Japan, in particular, has much at stake: […]

On November 8th, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi executed his very own ‘financial surgical strike’ when he appeared on national television four hours before midnight and announced to the public that, at the stroke of the midnight hour, all Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes in circulation would cease to be legal tender. In place […]

Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo is the prime minister of Timor-Leste, a position he has held since 2015. A physician by training, he served as both the Minister of Health from 2001-2006 and the Deputy Prime Minister from 2006-2007.  What is something most people do not know or are surprised to learn about Timor-Leste? People are surprised […]

Indonesia, with its over 240 million practicing Muslims, is usually devoid of much of the instability that plagues the also-predominantly-Muslim Middle East. Its moderate policies and lack of frequent terrorist activity is often regarded as a shining testament against the assumption that Islam lends itself to violence. However, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a radical […]

Help wanted: Facebook is seeking a Head of Public Policy in Bangkok, Thailand. Responsibilities include monitoring Thai politics, working with the government and private sector partners regarding technology policy, promoting the use of Facebook, and communicating Facebook’s policy agenda to national leaders. With this vaguely defined job opening, the company looks to add to its […]

Since his inauguration this past June, the potent combination of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s theatricality, popularity, and policies have put the international diplomatic community on edge. While Duterte is perhaps most widely known for his blunt and vitriolic rhetoric regarding other world leaders and their countries, his actions within the Philippines constitute a much greater […]