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Boris Johnson’s Watergate

Britain’s “minister of chaos” may be forced from office for—what else?—partying on the job. Whether he likes it or not, Johnson is now the evil king in the great Partygate scandal. That story has…

Whatever Happened to Soft Power?

With the news dominated by dramatic examples of countries using coercion, intimidation, and payoffs to advance their interests, the power of attraction would seem to be irrelevant in international…

Submerged by COVID

Major economic forecasters like J.P. Morgan and S&P Global Ratings are painting a rosy picture of emerging markets’ growth prospects this year. But there are multiple reasons to believe that the…

Biden-Cheney 2024?

Is that what America needs in 2024 — a ticket of Joe Biden and Liz Cheney? Or Joe Biden and Lisa Murkowski, or Kamala Harris and Mitt Romney, or Stacey Abrams and Liz Cheney, or Amy Klobuchar and Liz…

Working from home has entrenched inequality – how can we use it to improve lives instead?

Many people face longer hours and constant surveillance. But more flexibility could bring long-term benefits

Once Europe’s liberal hope, Macron is now prey to France’s toxic populism

Racist contenders are stirring Islamophobic fears in their rush to take the presidency. France’s political and media culture exacerbates the problems.

From corruption to the ‘mark of the beast’ – why countries like Malawi are struggling against Covid

With 80% of pandemic funds misused and widespread vaccine myths, citizens have had to step up where government has failed

Building a Hub for New Art ‘Under the Shadow of the Acropolis’

Many associate culture in Athens with ruins and ancient artifacts. But the Greek government and several big philanthropic foundations want to put the city on the international contemporary art map.

America's Democratic Future

Notwithstanding the lasting shock of the January 6, 2021, attack of the US Capitol, the Democratic Party can take comfort in the broader demographic trends. Not only was the 2020 presidential…

Chaos and Opportunism in Kazakhstan

In the space of less than a week, mass protests over a fuel-price increase have escalated into a chaotic battle involving both regional and domestic political forces – some well known, others…