world affairs

Germany

The 5G Debate: Time To Choose Sides In China-U.S. Showdown?

Allowing Beijing to have a hand in the new, faster mobile network would entail significant risks....

Colombia

The Marketing Power Of Stereotypes

Italians are hot-headed. Brits can't cook ... Sure they're offensive. But as marketing experts ar...

India

Coronavirus, A Two-Way Street For India's Economy

While there are significant supply chain concerns across sectors in the short-term, others see th...

Egypt

Memory As Defiance: Arab Spring Reflections From Cairo

Nine years after the Jan. 25 popular revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, so much o...

Germany

In Merkel's Shadow: What Brought Down Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that she will not run for Chancellor and will step down as l...

Russia

Russia's Shift To China, From Farmlands To Geopolitics

MOSCOW — Nowadays, if you want to hear the Russian language spoken properly in Moscow, you have to go to an upscale restaurant. Anything less posh is occupied by people coming from Central ...

Colombia

Impeachment: Trump's Victory Is Boost For Latin American Strongmen

President Trump's scuppered impeachment may provide a cue to regional leaders working to undermin...

France

The Problem With The 'Cash Is Dead' Argument

Cash use is declining, but don't expect it to disappear. Still, there is another popular payment ...

Argentina

Why Argentina Should Stop Paying Its External Debts

There's a case to be made that at least some of what the country owes is "odious" and therefore i...

Argentina

'The People v. Elites': An Existential Threat To Democracy

Failure to address spreading anger with economic inequalities, and to check its attendant demagog...

Iran

Why Iran Jailed An Unconventional French-Iranian Academic

Fariba Adelkhah, a French-Iranian expert on Shia society, has critics on all sides. Since June, s...

Egypt

Egypt's Neverending Story Of Incomplete Revolutions

Throughout the country's turbulent history, efforts to establish a government by and for the peop...

Iran

Iran: How Weak Is The Regime?

After the U.S. assassination of General Soleimani and Tehran's accidental shooting down of a Ukra...

Italy

The Italians Who Wash The Bloodied Feet Of Refugees

A group of good Samaritans gathers regularly in Trieste, near the border with the Balkans, to rec...

Argentina

Can "Citizen Diplomacy" Salvage Argentina-Brazil Relations?

With a socialist government in Argentina and Brazil's arch-conservative president cold-shoulderin...

India

Boasting "Digital India" - Shutting Down The Internet

India's cutting digital access for political reasons also costs livelihood for small businesses, ...

Russia

Putin's Chess Match With Russia's Constitution As Pawn

A sudden rash of constitutional changes, and the government's subsequent resignation, looks to be...

India

Fear And Empowerment: Why Women Are Leading India's Protests

Is this a movement of women from India's liberal campuses against a new citizenship law targeting...

Colombia

Around The World, The Best Days Of Democracy Are Still To Come

Authoritarianism seems to be gaining ground in many parts of the planet. But from Hong Kong to Ch...

Syria

A French Kid Dragged Into Jihad, Lingers In A Syrian Prison

An 18-year-old prisoner recounts his departure from Roubaix, his life in a country at war, and hi...

France

U.S.-Iran: France May Be Last Best Hope To Prevent All-Out War

PARIS — In diplomacy, there's always room for talk, even when the window for negotiation seems all but shut. Such is the scenario that Emmanuel Macron faces in wake of the assassination by ...

Iran

Next Move Tehran? Iran Buries General, Plots "Strategic Revenge"

With a battered economy and recent anti-government street protests, can Iran fulfill its promise ...