Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

July 16, 2020

On June 20, we celebrated World Refugee Day. This was an opportune time for us all to pay attention to the challenge of forced displacement today. Strikingly, the world is facing the largest forced displacement crisis since World War II, with nearly 80 million people having fled their countries...

Mike Pompeo’s Art of Indirect Involvement in Venezuela

May 11, 2020

Two American men have been detained by the Venezuelan military following “a botched beach landing in the fishing village of Chuao,” the Associated Press reports. They were reportedly attempting to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolas Maduro, apparently as a prelude to installing...

Nicolás Maduro: The New Tropical Czar Has No Clothes

May 25, 2018

Maduro may still be in office, but nothing in the Venezuelan landscape looks rosy for the government. On May 20, Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela after an election almost everyone within and outside the country dubbed not free and fair. He presided over a process where most...

The Future of Venezuela without a Legitimate Government

May 23, 2018

Nicolás Maduro has claimed victory in an election widely seen as a farce. As a result, the options to push for real political change in Venezuela are limited. On May 20, after months and years of domestic crisis, the regime of Nicolás Maduro finally held the long-postponed presidential...

The Anti-Corruption Revolution

August 05, 2017

Global uprisings against corruption can fuse middle-class concerns over the rule of law to a more radical critique of unequal political systems. During rush week, aspiring frat boys endure all manner of indignities. They all want to join the exclusive club, and they’re willing to pay the steep...

How Venezuela Could Find a Way Out of Chaos

August 04, 2017

As the Venezuelan political and economic crisis deepens following suspect elections, a group of experts discuss potential ways out of the morass. Questions about what might be done to solve the economic and political crisis in Venezuela are increasingly urgent as the nation plunges deeper into...

Venezuela in Crisis: 50 Days Later

May 24, 2017

The people of Venezuela are protesting against the government in a desperate response to the economic crisis. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. But since the 2014 crash in oil prices, it has struggled to maintain a steady profit. To ensure economic stability, the government...

South America: A Polarized Continent

May 15, 2017

After a decade of relative stability, South America experiences political turmoil and social unrest. Not long ago, South America was a promising continent. Economic growth and unparalleled political stability offered good reasons for optimism. Gone were the coups, and the region welcomed...

The World This Week: Venezuela Hurtles to Total Collapse

May 07, 2017

Poverty, inflation, food scarcity, medicine shortages, crime, killings and injuries spiral out of control in Venezuela. US President Donald Trump, who was once called “The Donald,” is not exactly conventional or predictable. This week, Trump declared that he would be “honored” to meet...

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