Thursday, November 27, 2014
  1. Abe’s Safe Bet

    Yuriko Koike

    Abe’s Safe Bet

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     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

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     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

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     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

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     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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