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Op-Ed

Op-Ed / Asia

Biden Must Make Hard Choices Quickly on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s fate hinges in large part on how the Biden team decides to approach the country’s conflict and its tenuous, still-nascent peace process.

Originally published in World Politics Review

Op-Ed / Global

The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail

Developing countries may have suffered more from the pandemic economically and politically than they have in the realm of public health. For some, what comes next could be worse. 

Originally published in Foreign Affairs

Op-Ed / Asia

Oli’s Power Grab Endangers Nepal’s Fragile Democratic Transition

The insistence of Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharm Oli on maintaining power marks a potentially dangerous juncture along his drift toward authoritarianism.

Originally published in World Politics Review

The Arab Spring, Ten Years On

What remains of the Arab springs, a decade later?

Originally published in Politica Exterior

A Bargain Worth Making? Bukele and The Gangs of El Salvador

San Salvador’s millennial President Nayib Bukele simultaneously represents an opportunity to end gangs’ chokehold on his country and risks the disintegration of a fragile democracy carved out of the 1980s civil war. He needs to be more transparent, but deserves more support.

Originally published in War On The Rocks

Op-Ed / Europe & Central Asia

Germany’s Tenure on the UN Security Council

Is the glass half full or half empty? Germany's tenure on the UN Security Council in review.

Originally published in Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Op-Ed / Asia

Marawi Rehabilitation Delays Could Cast a Dark Shadow over Duterte’s Peace Legacy

The glacial pace of the city’s reconstruction could fuel disillusionment among the region’s population.

Originally published in The Diplomat

Op-Ed / Europe & Central Asia

Turkey does its own thing

Hugh Pope and Nigar Goksel profile a country deemed too autocratic, too Muslim and too wayward to join the European club.

Originally published in Chatham House

Op-Ed / Asia

Sri Lanka: Under Rajapaksas' Watch, Rule of Law Suffers the Onslaught of Politics

The politically-motivated Presidential Commission of Enquiry has been distorting politically-connected criminal suspects into victims, and investigators and legal reformers into criminals.

Originally published in The Wire