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A richly endowed
country, Africa’s former breadbasket Zimbabwe, has become a basket case of a
state due to idiosyncratic policies, systemic plundering and violence after
1980, when alleged “liberation” forces, in fact terror groups, took power. The
nonagenarian dictator Robert Mugabe was finally removed in a palace coup, but
the problematic election on July 30, 2018 shows that Zimbabwe’s plight is far
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Paul Kagame is Rwanda’s towering political figure. As
a military commander, he ended the country’s genocidal civil war. As its
president, he brought so much stability and economic and social progress to the
land that it earned him a diehard following and international admiration. Mr.
Kagame’s political practice, however, combines economic liberalism with
strong-arm control, and is increasingly being questioned.
Teresa Nogueira Pinto
After Rafael Correa became president of Ecuador in
2007, he used windfall profits from petroleum revenue to drive economic growth
with aggressive public-sector spending on huge infrastructure projects,
much-needed social assistance and ballooning government bureaucracy. The
2014-2015 global downturn in oil prices made that strategy unsustainable. Since
May 2017, the country’s newly elected President Lenin Moreno faces an anemic
economy, unchecked corruption, pent-up opposition demands and tensions inside
the ruling party. Shadowing him is Mr. Correa, who is plotting a return to the
Dr. Catherine Conaghan
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Intelligence Services, discusses how the two main candidates in the U.S. presidential race are viewed around the world.
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Professor Enrico Colombatto