On September 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India concluded his first visit to the United States since his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won a majority in the lower house of India’s Parliament in the spring 2014 election.
With the election of the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in May 2014, one important question is asked with remarkable consistency—“Can Modi’s development record in Gujarat be replicated nationally?” Most people take this to be a polar question—either “yes” or “no.” The reality is likely to be somewhere in between.
Historians may come to see September 18th, 2014 as the accidental beginning of the long-term unwinding of the great European integration project that was birthed from the ashes of two world wars in the 20th century.
Achieving the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade facilitation agreement is one of the most important opportunities for global development and trade.
On Friday September 5, a ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist rebels in the east of the country (mainly Donestk and Luhansk oblasts) went into effect, following the meeting in Minsk of a “contact group” representing Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Russia.
Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will enter office as Indonesia’s next president in October amid high—likely unachievable—expectations that his will be a transformational administration. He is expected to sweep away corruption, cut bureaucratic red tape and inefficiency, strengthen the social safety net, and lay the groundwork for long-term economic growth.
In light of recent events in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri, members of Congress and senior Administration officials have expressed the need to examine the federal government’s efforts to transfer military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).
On August 10, in the first ever direct presidential elections mandated by the constitutional change brought about by a referendum in October 2007, Turkish voters chose Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), as their 12th president to replace outgoing president Abdullah Gul at Cankaya Palace on August 28.
The current surge of child migrants entering the United States is a crisis that requires a rapid federal response, addressing urgent humanitarian needs and weaknesses at the U.S. border. More than 52,000 children have crossed the border alone since October.
Recent developments in the Pacific Islands have shown that the region faces two contrasting political tendencies—a deep-seated attraction to democratic governance and a proclivity for disruptions to democratic stability. Given these trends, which offer at once an opportunity and a threat, it is surprising that the United States, and the U.S.