Published: January 17, 2020
In 1999, Russia's president Boris Yeltsin appointed a competent, little-known security official named Vladimir Putin as acting prime minister, before steering him into the presidency. Here, Yeltsin thought, was a loyalist who would protect him and his family from prosecution but also safeguard Yeltsin's legacy - a Russia that could never return to communism.
Published: February 24, 2018
The political situation in the Maldives, an island country in the Indian Ocean, has been unstable. As the region is an important spot for sea traffic, and China is expanding its influence there, other countries concerned, including Japan, must remain vigilant.
Published: December 22, 2016
In an attempt to eradicate political influence on provincial election committee members, charter drafters working on organic laws have proposed that the committees be replaced by unprecedented “ad hoc election inspectors”.