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International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 18 – 24 March 2018

Impeachment proceedings begin against Peruvian President Kuczynski. UK sanctions against Russia likely to escalate. US tariffs expected to take effect. All in the Week Ahead

Asia Pacific Politics

Competition between China and India heats up in the Maldives

The growing political turmoil in the Maldives could become a major point of conflict between India and China, as the regional giants support opposite sides of a rapidly evolving political crisis.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Colombia at a crossroads on the issue of energy and fracking

With officials in Colombia grappling with the reality of dwindling oil reserves, fracking has become central to the energy conversation.

North America Politics

Book Review: “Janesville” holds lessons for both parties going into midterms

“Janesville: An American Story” is a captivating account of the impact of the economic crisis and local auto plant closure on a whole community. Despite Trump’s promises, these are problems the current administration is nowhere near addressing – but do the Democrats know what needs to be done either?

Europe Security

On Russia, Theresa May’s options are limited and ineffective at best

Theresa May’s demands for an explanation of the nerve gas incident are almost certain to be ignored by the Kremlin, but the real risks would lie in pursuing an escalation.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Israel and Iran on the path to escalation

Tensions have been simmering since an Iranian drone and an Israeli F-16 were shot down at the Syria-Israel border. More incidents and additional quarrels over the Iran Nuclear Deal could lead to more grievous confrontations between the parties involved.

Europe Security

The state of Germany’s military readiness

The German military is dramatically under equipped to meet pressing international security challenges per a recent watchdog report.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 11 – 17 March 2018

Putin set to win another presidential term. Special election in Pennsylvania provides political bellwhether. Bank of Japan releases meeting minutes. All in the Week Ahead. RUSSIA:  Putin set to win

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ramaphosa’s land reform gamble

On December 20th 2017, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) voted to lay the groundwork for the expropriation of land without compensation, marking a departure from a ‘willing buyer willing seller’ model. This was the easy part – actual implementation will be decisive for the country.

International Security

The U.N. hits another wall in Syria, but a resolution remains possible

The U.N. has continually failed to influence a political resolution in Syria. This does not mean that a political resolution is not possible, but shows that states in the ‘East’ are confident enough to challenge the Security Council’s authority and work together to bring stability.