Nelson Mandela’s Missed Opportunity

That formula grated on me. I understood it to signify that South Africa was an outlier on its continent—a country that had built great wealth, albeit only for some, based on statutory and violent racial discrimination—and that there existed an alternate Africa where severe misrule and poverty were not just […]

Serbia Is Playing With Matches Again

The situation calmed early in the week after an intervention by the U.S. ambassador to Kosovo, Jeff Hovenier, who successfully lobbied for Pristina to postpone the measures for 30 days to iron out any misunderstandings. But the incident sparked alarm across Western capitals, which are sensitive to threats of regional […]

Hope in the Himalayas: the China-Nepal Railway

This seemingly “crazy” idea may soon become reality. Following recent discussions between the foreign ministers of China and Nepal to speed up feasibility assessments into a cross-border railway, China plans to dispatch surveyors to Nepal as soon as this year. On top of thorny enough obstacles like challenging topography and […]

Japan’s Nuclear About-Face

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Welcome to today’s Morning Brief, where we’re following Japan’s pivot back to nuclear power , U.S. airstrikes in Syria, and Ethiopia’s broken cease-fire . Welcome to today’s Morning Brief, where we’re following […]