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SnapshotsJan 27, 2020 | 21:36 GMT
A Fragmented Parliament Paves the Way for Peru's Anti-Corruption Drive
Peru's parliamentary election is likely to yield a fragmented congress but still open up a path to moving anti-corruption legislation sought by the South American country's president and public opinion. This is likely to promote stability in the near term, but the next government in 2021 after this transitional period could take Peru in a different direction.
Contributor PerspectivesApr 10, 2019 | 05:00 GMT
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holds her daughter, Princess Anne, at Anne's christening in Buckingham Palace on Oct. 21, 1950. Elizabeth's grandmother, Queen Mary, left, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth are also pictured.
Finding a Moment of Royal Reassurance in a Messy World
Strategists prefer to say that modern monarchy is a form of soft power, offering an attractive national image to the world and enticing foreigners to want to like the royals' country. However, seeing Princess Anne in action last week at an event marking the centenary of City Lit, the world's largest institution of adult education, suggested that right now there is more to a British royal's job than just selling soft power. Anne was quiet, calm, reassuring and reasonable -- everything that Britain's democratic institutions currently seem not to be. The price royalty pays for staying above the fray is, admittedly, that they can say very little at all about state affairs. In these uncertain times, though, monarchy's very distance from the mudslinging is becoming its greatest strength.
AssessmentsSep 20, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during inauguration ceremonies for the new presidential palace in La Paz on Aug. 9, 2018.
For a Growing Number of Voters in Bolivia, Their President Is Overstaying His Welcome
With President Evo Morales' once immense support in decline, Bolivia's next presidential election in October 2019 risks becoming a flashpoint for political unrest -- though Morales likely remains just popular enough to win reelection. In February 2016, Morales asked voters to remove presidential term limits from the constitution. After a bare majority said no, Morales turned to the country's supreme court to end the term limits anyway. Now, a growing opposition movement is trying to prevent him from running for office for a fourth time. The president's defiance of a narrow popular vote makes disruptive unrest plausible after next year's election.
SnapshotsOct 13, 2017 | 14:27 GMT
Italy: Ahead of 2018 Elections, Parliament Takes Another Step Toward Electoral Reform
The Italian Parliament has made more progress in its decadeslong attempts to develop a better political system that would enable governments to form more easily after elections. In the past 25 years, Italy has approved four electoral reform laws, and on Oct. 12, the lower chamber of Parliament approved a fifth. Members voted in favor of a new law designed to allow the country's legislature to function more effectively by increasing the likelihood of a clear majority after elections. The law would streamline election rules for the lower house and the Senate so that they both follow the same process, which would assign two-thirds of seats proportionally and the remaining third by a majoritarian system.
Partner PerspectivesJul 27, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
War is never two dimensional. Edward Lucas considers one chapter of anti-Soviet resistance.
Unpacking the History of the Baltic 'Forest Brothers'
Russia is fuming about a new NATO video celebrating the "Forest Brothers" anti-Soviet resistance in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- something outsiders mostly find baffling, since the guerrilla war against the Soviet occupation of the Baltics is not even a forgotten conflict, but one most people never knew about it in the first place.
AssessmentsAug 11, 2016 | 09:18 GMT
Without public support for the peace deal struck between the FARC and the Colombian government, a definitive resolution to their decadeslong conflict may remain elusive.
Colombia's Peace Talks Hit a Snag
Over the past few months, the Colombian government's peace talks with the country's largest insurgency have given many people cause for optimism. In addition to reaching a cease-fire deal with Bogota, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has already begun preparing to demobilize in parts of the country. One issue that has yet to be resolved, however, could hold up further progress toward peace: the lack of popular support for it. Unless the government can get its people on board with the FARC agreement, or find a way to ratify it without the public's buy-in, a conclusive end to Colombia's decadeslong conflict may remain just out of reach.
On GeopoliticsApr 12, 2016 | 08:00 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping's harsh clampdown on any form of protest suggests that authorities are concerned about dissent building in the country.
No Exit in China
Paranoia appears to be on the upswing in China once again as President Xi Jinping attempts to force painful structural reforms past resentful provincial and local governments, the bitter medicine for years of distortions imposed by China's wave of economic stimulus. He seems well poised to do this. Observers often call him the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. On the outside, it appears to be true. But China's ruling authorities are behaving as if they are anything but secure -- since February, Chinese censors have responded harshly to seemingly innocent slips in the press. China's harsh response suggests that political struggle is more intense than it has been in decades.
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