Wednesday, November 26, 2014
  1. Romania’s Underdog of Hope

    Norman Manea

    Romania’s Underdog of Hope


     celebrates the victory of Klaus Werner Iohannis in Romania's presidential election.

    Romania Presidential Election Klaus Iohannis Gabriel Petrescu/ZumaPress

    The unexpected victory of Klaus Werner Iohannis in Romania's recent presidential election may well be as important a milestone for Romanian democracy as the 1989 revolution that led to the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Then and now, Romanians had their limit – and their governments pushed them too far. READ MORE

  2. Africa’s Latest False Choice

    Mahamoud Ali Youssouf

    Africa’s Latest False Choice


     refutes the idea that the continent must choose between China and the West.

    Newsart for Africa’s Latest False Choice UN Photo/Flickr

    The idea that Africa must choose between two competing blocs – Chinese and the Western – has become a favorite of Western think tanks and journalists, who warn of a new “Great Game,” with foreign powers once again carving up the continent and making off with its riches. But African governments and businesses take a more nuanced view. READ MORE

  3. The Politics of UN Leadership

    Shashi Tharoor
  4. Europe’s Ukrainian Road to Normality

    Erik Berglöf

    Europe’s Ukrainian Road to Normality


     on how European integration can benefit from focusing on the continent's main source of tension.

    Ukraine Kiev march Igor Golovniov/ZumaPress

    As Europe celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, dark clouds are again descending on the continent. Recalling what prompted the events of 1989, and focusing on the main source of regional tension today, may help Europe find a way out of its current malaise. READ MORE

  5. Russia and China: The Movie

    Ian Buruma

    Russia and China: The Movie


     examines what two recent films tell us about the alternative to liberal capitalism.

    Old movie theater Eliza McCoy/Flickr

    Much has been written about post-communism in Russia and China. But two recent films reveal the social and political landscapes of these countries more clearly than any scholarly book or serious journalism has been able to do. READ MORE

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