Saturday, April 19, 2014
  1. Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

    Rodrigo Pardo

    Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal


     sees no near-term resolution that would halt the country's descent into violence.

    Newsart for Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal andresAzp/Flickr

    Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle – and no outside actors willing to intervene. READ MORE

  2. The German Leadership Question

    Otmar Issing

    The German Leadership Question


     wants Germany to lead Europe with good economic policy, not by bailing out governments and banks.

    Newsart for The German Leadership Question Laura/Flickr

    Bailing out governments and banks is not the direction in which Germany should lead. If Germany should lead at all, it should do so by providing a model of good economic policies for others to emulate, and by respecting the commitments enshrined in the treaties that established the European Union and the eurozone. READ MORE

  3. Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship

    Timur Kuran

    Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship


     warns that recent local elections will reinforce Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's authoritarian turn.

    Newsart for Turkey’s Electoral Dictatorship European External Action Service/Flickr

    In the run-up to Turkey’s municipal elections on March 30, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that the vote would serve as a referendum on his scandal-plagued leadership. Following his party's overwhelming victory, institutional checks on his power are likely to be eroded further. READ MORE

  4. Putin’s Calculus

    Joseph S. Nye

    Putin’s Calculus


     asks whether Russia's short-term gains in Ukraine will be worth the long-term loss of soft power.

    Newsart for Putin’s Calculus Bohan Shen/Flickr

    By most accounts, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the winner in the Ukraine crisis, at least so far. But if enhanced international prestige was his real aim, he may have shot Russia in the foot. READ MORE

  5. Rwanda’s Rebirth

    Louise Mushikiwabo

    Rwanda’s Rebirth


     distills the lessons of the genocide that began 20 years ago this month.

    Newsart for Rwanda’s Rebirth Chris Van Es

    Twenty years ago this week, the most brutally efficient killing spree in history started in Rwanda. How should we remember the genocide today, and how should we prevent the tragedy that played out on Rwandan soil from happening again, anywhere in the world? READ MORE

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