Alex Sadler, JHU: A former president investigated. Another former president charged. The biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history. Implicating wire-taps. Protests gathering more than a million people. To call the last few weeks contemptuous would be an understatement. While it’s near impossible to cover everything that’s happened in Brazil this month, a good place to […]Read more "The 2016 Brazil Corruption Games: A Snapshot of the Tense Brazilian Political Climate"
Matthew Petti, JHU: Even for a region as complex as the Middle East, Lebanese politics are notoriously hard to understand. Lebanon is a “confessional” republic where positions are allotted to and political parties are affiliated with religious sects. Consequently, it is sometimes difficult to follow the various factions and alliances of the country’s multiparty system. […]Read more "Missing the Forest for the Cedars: How the Saudi-Iranian Proxy War is Affecting Lebanon"
Anna Quinn, Loyola University Maryland: Last Monday, the Philippines began formal procedures to impound a cargo vessel linked to North Korea. The ship, which stopped in the country to unload a shipment of agricultural byproducts, was searched and seized under the new UN sanctions. Passed unanimously on March 2nd in a resolution by the UN […]Read more "Sanction or Stagnation: A Historical Lens of the UN Resolution on North Korea"
Alex Fine, JHU: As establishment Republicans come to terms with the very real possibility that the authoritarian, populist, and pseudo-fascist Donald Trump will be their party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election, many in the United States are struggling to explain how such a brash and divisive figure was able to gain traction in their […]Read more "The Rise of the Right"
Muhammad Hudhud, JHU: Earlier this month, the United States conducted one of the largest air strikes in its 13-year (and counting) involvement in Somalia. The Pentagon noted that both drones and manned aircraft were used to target an Al-Shabaab training camp in Raso, in the southern half of the coastal country. While the training camp […]Read more "Transparency, Hostility, and Obama: Drone Warfare in Somalia and Beyond"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Over the past several months, the refugee crisis stemming from the Middle East has reached unprecedented proportions. Europe and Turkey have been among those areas most affected by the overwhelming numbers of displaced persons, causing their leaders and citizens alike to struggle in determining the best response. However, this past week, European […]Read more "The E.U.-Turkey Refugee Deal: More Harm than Good?"