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Why is China suddenly leading the climate change effort? It’s a business decision.

China watchers and other commentators debate China’s resolve and capability to fill the political vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord this month. Why would China be eager to take leadership on climate change? To understand this transition requires looking more closely at the interests and motivations of the Chinese leadership […]

Here are 4 things to know about Mongolia’s presidential election on Monday

On June 26, Mongolians will elect a president from among three candidates: Enkhbold Miyegombo, leader of the governing Mongolian People’s Party (MPP); Battulga Khaltmaa, a former member of parliament from the main opposition Democratic Party (DP); and Ganbaatar Sainkhuu, a last-minute candidate of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP). Show More Summary

Who is Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince?

The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to crown prince of Saudi Arabia is a calculated risk with potentially enormous consequences for the kingdom. If he succeeds with his vision to transform the Saudi economy by 2030 and reduce the country’s reliance on oil revenue, the crown prince — widely known as MBS — could enjoy […]

The World Health Organization spends more on travel than on key diseases. That’s actually okay.

A recent AP article (carried by The Washington Post) grabbed widespread attention with the charge that the “World Health Organization [WHO] routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight … AIDS, tuberculosis [TB] or malaria.” At face value, this is an alarming statistic. As the […]

Why international justice still faces roadblocks

The prospects for justice for crimes against humanity and war crimes are more daunting today than at any time in the past two decades. The underlying political landscape is less favorable for accountability as compared with the 1990s, when the first international tribunals were established following the end of the Cold War and the International […]

Trump’s travel ban is built on a law meant to ‘protect’ the U.S. from Jews and communists

Last week, the 9th Circuit became the latest court to rule against the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries. Trump’s order claims authority from the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) Section 212 (f), which says the president can temporarily suspend alien entry. Show More Summary

Five things you need to know about Trump’s Cuba policy — and who it will hurt

On Friday, President Trump announced in front of a crowd gathered in Miami’s Little Havana that he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” His policy’s goal, he explained, is to spark political change on the socialist island.  The policy aims to do so by weakening the Cuban state — depriving Cuban […]

China is trying to pull Middle East countries into its version of NATO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a Central Asian security bloc led by China and Russia that is often described as a future Eastern counterweight to NATO. It held its annual summit last week in Kazakhstan, and the most significant outcome was the announcement that India and Pakistan became its first new members since being […]

The Kurdish region of Iraq is going to vote on independence. Here’s what you need to know.

Amid the backdrop of a fight against the Islamic State, the Kurdistan region of Iraq plans to hold an important vote to determine its direction on statehood. Earlier this month, Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani announced that a long-awaited referendum on independence would be held Sept. 25, 2017. Importantly, the vote will not only […]

The ‘wave’ of right-wing populist sentiment is a myth

Last year’s Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump and electoral gains by right-wing populist parties in countries as diverse as Hungary, Switzerland and Denmark seem to demonstrate that right-wing populist sentiment is on the rise in affluent democracies. But in Europe, at least, that’s simply not the case. In fact, the attitudes fueling right-wing […]

Emmanuel Macron just won a majority in France’s National Assembly. Here is why it matters.

On June 18, a newly created political party, La République en Marche! (LREM!), won 43.06 percent of the vote in the second round of the French legislative elections. Under France’s highly disproportional electoral system, where smaller percentages of the vote can translate into a larger proportion of seats, LREM! claimed 308 out of 577 total […]

New forecast: only a 55% chance that Jon Ossoff wins Georgia’s House special election

Tuesday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th District — featuring Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel — is the culmination of the most expensive congressional race of all time. Picking up the seat vacated by Republican Tom Price when he was appointed to head the Department of Health and Human Services would be a major […]

Among House staff, women are well represented. Just not in the senior positions.

Congress has a gender imbalance. Of 435 members of the House of Representatives, just 83, or 19.1 percent, are women, putting the United States at 101st in gender balance among the world’s national legislatures. But what about House staff? Is there a gender disparity there too? Well, it’s complicated. At first glance, House staff gender […]

This explains why there are so few Republican women in Congress

The all-male group of Republican senators working to craft a compromise health-care bill has created a public relations problem for the GOP. With no women among the 13 lawmakers chosen by the leadership, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been criticized for a lack of gender diversity in a group that is dealing with […]

Happy (belated) birthday, Watergate break-in!

This past weekend marked the 45th anniversary of the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office building. A “third-rate burglary attempt,” President Richard Nixon’s press secretary said, attempting to dismiss its importance — but it led to the resignation of Nixon 26 months later, after the House had begun the process of impeaching […]

Yes, Mitch McConnell’s secretive lawmaking is really unusual — in these 4 ways

Directed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a dozen or so Republican senators have spent weeks behind closed doors crafting a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have not held any committee hearings or legislative drafting sessions for the bill, and Democrats are shut out. Even some Republicans complain they’re […]

Having People, Having Heart

Western observers of and participants in international development are today embroiled in debates about “effective altruism”, the effectiveness of deworming programs, and the value of unconditional cash transfers vs. other forms of aid. Show More Summary

So Congress is challenging the president about sanctions? That has a long history.

This week, in a 98 to 2 vote, the Senate approved a bill that tightens sanctions on Russia and restricts the president’s ability to lift those sanctions. That bipartisan support came even though the Trump administration is vigorously opposed to the measure, arguing that the bill, which now goes to the House of Representatives, could hurt […]

Joan Jett, ‘Too Bad On Your Birthday’: The Week In One Song

On his birthday week, President Trump receives news that he is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.  

Kenyans will vote in August. Why are NGO-government relations an issue?

Kim Yi Dionne: In this guest post, Jennifer Brass shares insights from her important book on the blurring boundary between government and non-government actors in providing public services in Kenya and beyond. This is the third installment in this year’s African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. Show More Summary

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