Make Sense of 2018







The issues we face are important and complex. As with previous years, Make Sense of 2018 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.

In this edition, we shine the light on issues as diverse as the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. We look at all regions and have articles on ethnic cleansing in China, wildfires in California and free trade in Africa.

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


Nigeria’s Refugees Face Epidemic of Rape and Abuse — Abiodun Owolegbon-Raji

DRC Violence: This Time It’s Different — Hugo Norton

Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story — Oyepeju Abioye

Africa Opens Up Borders to Free Trade — Shigoli Shitero

Cautious Optimism for Peace in the Horn of Africa — Hugo Norton


Should Rohingya Be Repatriated? — Swathi Gokulan

Shock, But Hold the Awe: Trump to Meet Kim — Gary Grappo

China Is Rising… and Everyone Should Take Note — Uri Marantz 

Mindful Approaches to Watching Crazy Rich Asians — Annette Wu

Fear and Loathing in Xinjiang: Ethnic Cleansing in the 21st Century — Sean R. Roberts


Investing in Kazakhstan Is Still a Risky Business — Polina Popova

India Enters the Era of Sanatan Socialism — Atul Singh & Manu Sharma 

The Way Forward After Communal Violence in Sri Lanka — Amjad Saleem

Lesson from India to Make America Great Again — Ruyintan E. Mehta & Atul Singh

Modi and Erdogan Have More in Common than You Think — Kumar Ashish


Italy’s Migration Policy: A Dark Trade-Off on Human Rights — Sophia Akram

The Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Six Months On — Rebecca Vincent

Will Trump and Macron’s Special Relationship Survive? — Cécile Guerin 

Brexit: The Countdown Has Begun — Orsolya Raczova

The People of France Want to Be Heard — Sophie Hunter


Brazil’s Drama of Unpredictability — Manuela Andreoni

Nicolás Maduro: The New Tropical Czar Has No Clothes — Leonardo Vivas 

Mexico Has Bigger Problems than Russian Interference — Jamie Shenk

Meet Colombia’s New President — Glenn Ojeda Vega & German Peinado Delgado

Is Jair Bolsonaro the Man for Brazil? — Kinga Brudzińska


The Economy Flames Anger in Iran — Dina Yazdani

Can Europe Save the Iran Deal? — Dina Yazdani

The Role of Fear in Turkey’s Elections — Nathaniel Handy 

Jamal Khashoggi: The Martyr Who Made Backlash Possible — Peter Isackson

Is the Worst Over for Libya? — Sherif El-Ashmawy


We Need a #MeToo Moment for School Shootings — Ellis Cashmore

To End Gun Violence, We Need Concrete Reform — Kyrah Simon

Trump in Ottawa and Singapore: The World Turned Upside Down — Gary Grappo 

Midterm Elections 2018: The War for America’s Soul — Atul Singh

California Wildfires: It’s Time to Tackle the Root of the Problem — Steve Westly 


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