Initially spurred by a Russian leader's visit, Georgians have taken to the streets in Tbilisi for going on four weeks, sustained by broader disillusionment and societal divides.
Unlike the Olympics and the men's World Cup, the women's tournament has not been the subject of soft power tugs-of-war. But as the event's profile continues to grow, that could change.
The Turkish president's support is eroding, as evidenced by a series of stinging electoral defeats. With former allies planning to form a rival party and an economy stuck in a deep rut, it seems unlikely he can repair the damage.
By Sinan Ciddi
Nayib Bukele wants to break with Salvadoran politics of the past. Can he manage the expectations of his supporters, the vested interests of his rivals and the desires of the U.S. and China?
By Lino Miani
The Indus Water Treaty has survived six decades of conflict between Islamabad and New Delhi but may lack depth for the future.
Threats of violence, staff reductions, hesitant publishers -- it's enough to make a journalist want to give up (and many, sadly, have). But as a recent investigative series in Brazil highlights, important work endures.
Facing threats on its shores, a demographic decline and the wavering support of its main Pacific ally, Japan is forging ahead with a plan to safeguard its security.