Kazakhstan Announces Parliamentary Elections

by Allan Millward Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Tokayev Source:RFE/RL Almost a year after deadly anti-government riots engulfed the country, President Tokayev dissolved Kazakhstan's lower house of parliament, the Majjlis, and called for an election on March 19, 2023. The legislative election was initially slated for 2025 but was pushed up in response to last year's protests.... Continue Reading →

Political Protests in Peru

by Ciara Perez Peru has been facing political protests since December 7, 2022, when President Pedro Castillo was ousted from power after an attempt to avoid impeachment by dissolving Congress. His actions resulted in impeachment, and his vice president, Dina Boluarte, stepped in, making her the sixth president in six years. Following this change in... Continue Reading →

Weekly Update: Monday, December 5, 2022

Tunisian Libyan Partnership By William Lucht Last Wednesday Tunisian President Kais Saied welcomed Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah for an official two-day visit. President Saied met with not only the Libyan leader but also other high-level delegates such as the Prime Minister Najla Bouden, Central Bank of Libya Director Seddik Kebir and other officials... Continue Reading →

Weekly Update: November 7, 2022

Netanyahu Wins Election for Prime Minister Despite Corruption Trial By Bushra Bani-Salman Benjamin Netanyahu lost his position as Prime Minister last year due to corruption charges but will now return as Prime Minister. Netanyahu’s allies also won 64 seats in the legislature, leaving current Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s allies with 51 seats.  Netanyahu governed Israel... Continue Reading →

Weekly Update: October 24, 2022

Its Xi’s Party Now By Camden Hanley This week the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held their 20th Party Congress. A Party Congress is a large meeting held every five years where, among other things, the people who will be on the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) for the next five years are revealed. Those who are... Continue Reading →

Weekly Update: October 17, 2022

Peruvian President Faces Constitutional Complaint By Ciara Perez Peruvian President Pedro Castillo is facing a constitutional complaint alleging that he is leading a corruption ring within the government. This complaint was filed by Attorney General Patricia Benavides. Whereas presidents typically have immunity against criminal charges, the filing of a constitutional complaint gives Congress a loophole... Continue Reading →

Weekly Update: October 3, 2022

Roots In Murder and Distrustful Partnerships for Democracy By William Lucht Mohamad Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemeti by the Sudanese, has recently attempted to align himself with the pro-democratic movement which still seeks peaceful democratization in the wake of decades of tragedy. One may recall the rule of Omar Al-Bashir who took power in a... Continue Reading →

Weekly Update: September 26, 2022

‘Women, Life, Freedom!’: Protests Expand Throughout Iran After Death of Jina Mahsa Amini by Morality Police By Bushra Bani-Salman Jina Mahsa Amini was a 22 year old Kurdish woman from East Kurdistan/ Western Iran visiting Tehran with her family when she was taken into custody by the morality police for allegedly violating the government’s modesty... Continue Reading →

Confucius Institutes in the Wake of the Confucius Act

By Daniel Stephens THURSDAY- The United States Senate unanimously passed the Confucius Act (S. 939), placing restrictions on Confucius Institutes that operate on college campuses. Confucius Institutes hold cultural events, teach Chinese, and sponsor trips to China. The Confucius Act addresses China’s influence on the postsecondary educational institutions, citing the need for protection of academic... Continue Reading →

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