Friday, November 28, 2014
  1. Abe’s Safe Bet

    Yuriko Koike

    Abe’s Safe Bet


     weighs Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call a snap general election.

    Shinzo Abe Ma Ping/ZumaPress

    Observers worldwide are scratching their heads at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to risk his extensive reform agenda by calling a snap general election two years early. But, while Abe may be known for his boldness, he is no reckless gambler; he knows that he needs a strong mandate to achieve his reform goals. READ MORE

  2. The Two Colombias

    Andrés Velasco

    The Two Colombias


     acknowledges the country's lingering challenges, but also hails its important achievements.

    Funeral procession Bogota Colombia Eliana Aponte/ZumaPress

    There are two Colombias: one of rapid economic growth and innovative social policies, and another of guerrilla warfare, poverty, and human-rights violations. The good news is that the modern Colombia, characterized by peace and progress, is winning. READ MORE

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. The Politics of UN Leadership

    Shashi Tharoor

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