Monday, May 25, 2015
  1. Paradise in Peril

    Charles Tannock

    Paradise in Peril


     fears that the Maldives' democratic transition has been aborted by the security forces.

    President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed/The Commonwealth/Flickr

    The plight of Mohamed Nasheed – the former president of the Maldives who has now been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the military government that overthrew him in 2012 – seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. This is bad news for the Maldives, where a fledgling democracy’s fate is inextricably tied to that of Nasheed. READ MORE

  2. Thailand’s Stunted Transition

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Thailand’s Stunted Transition


     explains why the country remains trapped between authoritarianism and democracy.

    Bangkok skytrain sunset Bangkok/Diliff/Wikimedia Commons

    One year after its 12th military coup in 83 years under constitutional rule, Thailand is beset with more questions than answers. The country will regain its footing only when, through compromise and mutual accommodation, it reshapes its contested political order to reflect the principles of an electoral democracy. READ MORE

  3. Staying the Course in Europe’s East

    Carl Bildt

    Staying the Course in Europe’s East


     explains why the EU’s Riga summit must reaffirm the Eastern Partnership initiative.

    Petro Poroshenko, Federica Mogherini Igor Golovniov/ZumaPress

    The EU summit in Riga with the “Eastern Partnership” countries recalls the dramatic Vilnius meeting in November 2013, where Ukraine’s president, under heavy Russian pressure, refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Russia’s behavior since then has made the Eastern Partnership more important than ever. READ MORE

  4. The Modi Government Turns One

    Shashi Tharoor
  5. Modi in China

    Brahma Chellaney

    Modi in China


     notes that the outcomes of the Indian leader’s visit were mostly symbolic – and extremely lopsided.

    Modi visits China Stringer/ZumaPress

    Since taking office last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to transform his country’s relationship with China, arguing that Asia’s prospects hinge largely on their partnership. But, as Modi’s just-concluded tour of China highlighted, the issues that divide the world’s demographic titans remain formidable. READ MORE

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