Make Sense of 2016







This year has proved that the issues we face are important and complex. Like last year’s edition, Make Sense of 2016 provides you with a plurality of perspectives on world issues. It has some of our best articles of the year from contributors who cut across borders, backgrounds and beliefs. The yearbook is meant for students, academics, diplomats, business professionals and all who see themselves as global citizens.

In this 2016 edition, we shine the light on issues as diverse as Italy’s messy history in Africa to Singapore’s road to multiculturalism. We look at all continents except Antarctica and have articles on caste politics overshadowing issues of sanitation in India, the reason Tony Blair invaded Iraq, the battle for Venezuela, the coup attempt in Turkey, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

This is an e-book that can be read on smartphone, tablet and desktop in PDF format.


Africa Needs to Focus on Sound Immigration Policies — Anna Twum

Hidden Dragons in Sino-African Relations — Hugo Norton

Italy’s History in Africa is a Messy Affair — Fasil Amdetsion

How Piracy Saved Somalia — Brandon Scott

Economic Crises and Political Uncertainty Plague Zimbabwe — Nicole Beardsworth


The Rohingya Issue is More Than a Humanitarian Crisis — Eunsun Cho

Thailand is Headed Down a Dark Path — Craig Moran

Hong Kong’s Endgame With China Has Just Begun — Chye Shu Wen

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism — Tom Benner

An Opportunity to Fill the Leadership Void in Korea — Michael Lammbrau


There Are Limits to Defining Indian Nationalism — Rita Kothari

Caste Politics Overshadow Sanitation Issues in India — Nilanjana Sen

Music Can Combat Extremism in South Asia — Cynthia Schneider and Raza Rumi

Modi Dumps Nehru’s “Strategic Restraint” Against Pakistan — Mayank Singh

Afghanistan’s Quest for Regional Cooperation — Abbas Farasoo


Is the Snooper’s Charter as Bad as You Think? — Gavin E.L. Hall

Austrian President Takes Over a Split Nation — Stefanie Leodolter

Why Brexit and the Success of Trump Should Not Surprise You — Yasmeen Sami Alamiri and Ryan J. Suto

Why Tony Blair Invaded Iraq — Ian McCredie

The Church: Caught Between Russia and Ukraine — Brian Milakovsky


What’s Behind Femicide in Mexico? — Terra Stanley

Don’t Overlook Obama’s Visit to Argentina — Jack Rosen

Mexico Faces Uphill Battle at Summit — Ivan Farias Pelcastre

The Battle for Venezuela is Heating Up — Arysbell Arismendi

Amid Uncertainty, Latin America is Looking Up — Pablo Bejar


Will the Saudis Deploy Ground Forces to Syria? — Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner

What Happened to Yemen? — Fernando Carvajal

How Will Saudi Arabia Revamp its Education System? — Khadija Mosaad

Turkey Coup is Erdogan’s Warning — Nathaniel Handy

Putting the Turkey Coup in Historical Perspective — Altug Gunal


What the Panama Papers Have To Do With America — Scott Klinger

The Fourth and Final Disappearance of Muhammad Ali — Peter Isackson

What Really Matters in This Election Cycle — Naomi Wolf

Why is Hillary Clinton So Unpopular? — Matthew Kolasa

Donald Trump and the End of Liberal History — Joachim Koops


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