Andrew Gardner

Iraq Names Third Prime Minister in 10 Weeks

Late last week, Iraqi President Barham Salih named former intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi as the country’s Prime Minister Designate (Reuters: 2020). He is the third man to hold this designation and it is yet to be seen if he can do what his predecessors could not, build enough support in Parliament to officially assume the …

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Hong Kong Holds Largest Demonstration in Weeks to Mark Six Months of Protests

Pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong celebrated the six-month milestone of mass demonstrations with the largest protests in weeks. The demonstration, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, included an estimated 800,000 people (BBC: 2019). This rally, unlike many in recent months, remained largely peaceful. 11 people were arrested prior to the event, one with a …

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Sri Lanka Election Pits Security and Minorities Rights

On Saturday, November 16, Sri Lanka held its presidential election, the third since the end of its Civil War in 2009. This election centers around some of the most contentious issues in Sri Lanka today, most importantly security and minority rights. Ethnic tensions and the aftermath of this year’s Easter Sunday bombings weigh heavily on …

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Anti-Government Demonstrations Spread in Lebanon

Lebanon’s status as a reliable, stable nation in the tumultuous Middle East has been upended in the last several days as the country has been consumed with protest. Protests began last week, catalyzed by the introduction of a series of new taxes, including ones on mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp (Tawil: 2019). As is often …

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Johnson Government Suffers Defeat as Supreme Court Overturns “Unlawful” Prorogation of Parliament

In the most recent development of the seemingly never-ending Brexit saga, the courts dealt Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his supporters a major setback in their attempt to prorogue Parliament in the leadup to the Brexit deadline. Like all else in the world of Brexit-era British politics, this case exists in the center of a …

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