Czech Republic – Migrant Crisis Raises Political Stakes

The midway point of the current four-year parliamentary term has now been reached, and the partnership of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s center-left CSSD, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš’s centrist and euroskeptic ANO, and the conservative KDU-CSL remains intact, as the parties have generally Read Entire Entry

Hong Kong – Elections May Revive Political Battle

One year after the Occupy Central demonstrations, the climate surrounding Hong Kong politics is less tempestuous. But while there might not be large-scale protests in support of political reform, there is still widespread frustration about the performance of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the Read Entire Entry

Saudi Arabia – Some Threats to Stability

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud remains committed to an expansionary fiscal policy and an aggressive defense of the Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy interests, despite lower oil receipts and the kingdom’s deepening entanglement in a regional proxy war with Iran. Generous social spending will Read Entire Entry

Cuba Political Players

Raúl Castro Ruz: Fidel Castro’s younger brother and designated political heir was sworn in as president in February 2008, after serving in the post on an acting basis for 18 months. Over the last five years, Raúl has implemented an ambitious economic reform agenda characterized by the Read Entire Entry

Canada – Liberals Score Surprise Victory

A general election held on October 19, 2015, following the longest election campaign in more than 140 years, produced a wholly unexpected result, as the Liberal Party, which had been running third in the polls when Prime Minister Stephen Harper fired the starting gun on the campaign back in early Read Entire Entry