World In Review Articles

Eko Atlantic is a city that rises “like Aphrodite from the foam of the Atlantic,” wrote Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. The city is defined by sustainability, luxury, technology, and economic opportunity. It is Africa’s own Dubai; a gleaming gateway to the continent that will revolutionize the city of Lagos, solidifying its place as West Africa’s financial center. The private development, which is located on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean along

By Alexandra Phillips  |  March 23, 2014

majestic, powerful figure, Christ the Redeemer stands far above the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro—a physical manifestation of the power and authority of the Catholic Church. Upon its completion in 1931, the statue symbolized the hope and prosperity of Catholicism in Latin America. But no longer. In the slums and favelas below Christ’s welcoming embrace, fewer and fewer turn towards the Catholic faith for solace.

By Mason Barnard  |  March 23, 2014

On May 23, 1997, Iranian democracy worked. In a surprise to both the electorate and the international community, a little-known cleric named Mohammad Khatami resoundingly defeated the heavily-favored conservative candidate for the presidency of the Islamic Republic, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri. For the moment, the votes of the people had trumped the will of the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, who had supported Nateq-Nouri. With 70 percent of the votes in an election with 80 percent turnout, Khatami won a powerful popular mandate for his platform of restoring civil rule, easing social restrictions, liberalizing the economy, and improving Iran’s relations with the outside world. To begin his pursuit of this last priority, President Khatami appeared on CNN and called upon the people of the United States to reject cultural conflict and join the people of Iran in a “dialogue of civilizations.” Soon, many in the Clinton Administration—including President Clinton himself—came to recognize that Khatami represented the most credible partner for peace with the United States since the Islamic Revolution had ruptured relations.

By Michael Mitchell  |  December 30, 2012

Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Anders Fogh Rasmussen, likes to say that NATO is the “most successful alliance in history.” Few would dispute his claim. During the Cold War, NATO served as a bulwark against the Soviet Union. By uniting the West, it deterred Soviet invasion of Western Europe. Following the collapse of communism, NATO extended membership to former communist countries. Today, no other military pact can rival NATO’s political and military clout.

By Younghoon Moon  |  December 30, 2012

The Arab Spring has engulfed the Middle East, and Jordan is no exception. Since January last year, protests have gripped a country less known for trouble than its neighbors. Although Jordan shares many grievances with Tunisia and Egypt, its political constitution differs from those of presidential republics. Jordan is a monarchy with a constitution, and the vexing question of whether it is or should strive to be a constitutional monarchy has defined the national debate.

By Younghoon Moon  |  July 9, 2012

When US Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Manama on March 12th, 2011, Pearl Roundabout was teeming with protestors. The Roundabout—an open area defined by the towering Pearl Monument, which honored Bahrain’s history as an independent pearling center—had become the Tahrir Square of the Bahraini Arab Spring, and traffic in the surrounding streets

By Michael Mitchell  |  July 8, 2012

In a speech given on March 31, 2010, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete expressed gratitude for foreign support in building a new cardiac surgery treatment center at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam. The object of President Kikwete’s gratitude was neither the United States nor a multilateral institution like the United Nations. Instead, it was China, a country that President Kikwete referred to as “dear rafiki,” which in Swahili means “friend.”

By Tianhao He  |  July 7, 2012

The events of this past year’s Euro Crisis have upset not only the international balance of power between currencies but also the suspected future balance of those currencies. As the effects of the Great Recession hit debt-ridden countries like Greece and Portugal, worsening their economic prospects and compounding the effects of speculation-driven spending sprees, the viability of their sovereign debts began to fall into question.

By Joshua Zoffer  |  July 7, 2012

The revolutions that have swept across the Middle East and North Africa to create the “Arab Spring” of 2011 have left virtually no corner of the region untouched. From Qatar and Algeria to Syria and Tunisia, a surge of newfound pride and energy has fundamentally reshaped the political environment of the Middle East and forever altered the course of the region’s history. It is hardly surprising, then, that the dynamic of the region’s omnipresent issue—the question of Palestine—has also been affected. But just what the Arab Spring will bring for Palestine remains to be seen: the Arab Spring may herald a new trend of non-violence on the tentative path toward peace; just as likely, it may portend a summer of resurgent violence and misery.

By Alex Palmer  |  January 12, 2012

When a calamitous earthquake and tsunami struck the east coast of Japan in March 2011, few could have guessed just how far the aftershock would reach. Japan, one of the world’s largest economies and a powerhouse in East Asia, was left utterly devastated and economically crippled, with entire regions flooded and thousands dead or missing. The disaster also set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure from a mobilized German public and a growing green movement, to announce that Germany would close all its nuclear power plants by 2022.

By Alex Palmer  |  January 12, 2012