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Asia Pacific Politics

Cambodia’s pivot to China heralds a new era of authoritarianism

Increasing Chinese influence is casting a shadow over Cambodia’s political freedoms. On the backdrop of the elections, Nathan Paul explores how the result is a great deal of leeway for Prime Minister Hun Sen to suffocate dissent and criticism, and to strengthen his own power.

Asia Pacific Politics

Security or progress? The Australian experiment

China’s growing influence has given rise to a dilemma for its partners, between preserving national security and maintaining access to China’s economic and technological progress. The long-term consequences of how Australia resolves this dilemma may provide insights for the rest of the world.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 22 – 28 July 2018

Brexit negotiations to continue as parliament fails to coalesce around any option. Trump Russia scandals heat up in Washington. Pakistan elections could see rise of Imran Khan as power maker.

Politics Security Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Chronic food insecurity could hurt Liberia’s economic growth and stability

Since the end of the civil war in 2003, Liberia has become an example of progress and peaceful democratic transition for other countries emerging from conflict. However, there is a possibility that economic and political instability, and unrest, could evolve in the coming years due to the risk of food insecurity.

Europe Politics

The new agreement between Greece and FYROM: A done deal?

Greece and FYROM have reached a historic deal on the dispute over the name Macedonia. Is this the end to the 27-year long dispute that will pave the way for FYROM to join NATO and the EU? Perhaps, but there are quite a few challenges ahead.

Europe Politics

What Trump’s actions at the G7 summit mean for multilateralism

With Donald Trump refusing to sign the G7 Communique in Charlevoix, Quebec, the traditional balance of power within the G7 countries has been upset, placing the future of multilateralism in danger.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 8 – 14 July 2018

Trump chooses the next Supreme Court Justice. Italy, Germany, and Austria meet to hash out refugee migrant border plan. All in The Week Ahead.  UNITED STATES: Trump Supreme Court pick could

North America Politics

Opinion: Can the 2018 elections truly reshape Mexico?

Which AMLO will govern: the pragmatist or the firebrand? Lisdey Espinoza explores whether the new president’s inconsistencies, choice of candidates, and lack of clarity regarding his policies were an electoral tactic or a worrisome trait.

Latin America Politics

Post-conflict Colombia looks towards the future

The election of Ivan Duque could represent a pivot point in post-Conflict Colombia. How effectively his administration handles the ongoing implementation of the 2016 peace agreement with the FARC may presage the ultimate success or failure of his presidency.

North America Politics

Mexico’s new president and the risks to democratic institutions

While his detractors claim his economic policies will turn Mexico into “the next Venezuela”, the real risk of his presidency may be his lack of regard for Mexico’s fragile democratic institutions, fewer than 20 years after the end of de facto one-party rule.