Iran: Biden’s Greatest Challenge

On January 20th, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. With a pandemic that has cost over 350,000 lives in full swing and the considerable economic fallout to boot, he faces some herculean tasks in his first days in office. Add to that his pledge to re-join the Paris […]Read More

A Royal Mess: In Thailand, a Monarch is Challenged

It was a sight that would once have been unthinkable. On 14th October, a car carrying the queen and heir apparent of Thailand was mobbed by protesters as it passed through the streets of Bangkok. The following day, the government banned political gatherings of five or more people and the publication of news and information […]Read More

Joe Biden’s VP: The Harris Factor

On Tuesday, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden ended months of TV-pundit speculation, news-outlet ranking and political gossiping. In a Tweet, he announced his selection of Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California and his erstwhile opponent in the party’s primary for the top job as his running mate – a selection that gave his campaign […]Read More

India: The Gradual Shift Towards a Hindu State

August 5th was a significant date for India, marking two events that signified further steps in the shift away from its secular roots towards a Hindu state. First, it marked the one-year anniversary of the repeal of Kashmir and Jammu’s semi-autonomous status. At the same time, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ceremonially laid the foundation […]Read More

Keeping Up With the Coronavirus: Lessons from Vietnam

Vietnam is a country known for many things: Mad motorbike traffic, a single-party communist government, a violent war, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and friendly people. Now, successfully dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that brought even the wealthiest countries in the world to their knees can be added to that list. As of July 21st, Vietnam’s […]Read More