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The 1998 Border Conflict behind Ethiopia's Civil War

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Global Insight by Emma Sanderson

A decades-old rivalry between Eritrea and the TPLF risks derailing Ethiopia’s peace deal.

Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, at a ceremony marking the reopening of the Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reuters
Global Politics

Municipal Activism: How Cities Stand Up for LGBTQ+ Rights

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Global Insight by Jenna Kaplan

Around the world, cities continue to protect the basic human rights of vulnerable populations in the face of fierce opposition from national governments.

Pride Parade
Robin Worrall
Global Cities

Zelenskyy's Speech to Congress Echoes Churchill's Wartime Address

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Global Insight by Matthew Abbott

Like Churchill before him, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy must use his rhetorical gifts to maintain American support for his nation's war effort, writes Matthew Abbott.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
REUTERS
US Foreign Policy

The Other COP: Biodiversity Summit Sets New Goals, but Eludes Global Headlines

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Global Insight by Chris Morris

COP15 set new targets for protecting ecosystems, but funding, implementation, and a lack of global attention to biodiversity give pause for Chris Morris.

COP15 Summit in Montreal, December 2022
REUTERS
Climate and the Environment

Does Public Space Really Belong to the Public?

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Global Insight by Julia Lane

A collaboration with Chicago Public Art Group brings to life a Council report exploring the racist origins of Chicagoland's public beach policies.

Chicago Public Art Group piece
Julia Lane
Global Cities

Germany's Coup Plot and the Threat to Democracy in an Age of Conspiracy

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Global Insight by Chris Morris

A plot to overthrow the German government highlights the risks—and reach—of unchecked conspiracy in an age of mistrust, writes Chris Morris.

Police in Germany raid a hunting lodge at Waidmannsheil as part of their investigation to a coup plot
REUTERS
Global Politics

At US-Africa Leaders Summit, Russia and China Provide Subtext

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Global Insight by Justice Malala

The US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, is the first meeting of its kind since 2014. Africa’s shift toward China and Russia will be a subtext of the meeting.

US Secretary of State Blinken meets Democratic Republic of Congo President Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde
REUTERS
Global Politics

China, Xi Face Risks With Response to White Paper Protests

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Global Insight by Chris Morris

The softening of COVID lockdowns in response to protests is a rare victory for popular pressure in China and could have unexpected consequences, argues Chris Morris.

Police at a protest in Beijing. November 2022
REUTERS
Global Health

Qatar 2022: China and Iran Confront the Political Power of the World Cup

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Global Insight by Chris Morris

The prestige and popularity of the World Cup is a political force beyond any nation's control, writes Chris Morris

A pitch invader disrupts Portugal v. Uruguay at the Qatar World Cup
REUTERS
Global Politics

Europe Replaces Russia's Gas, Risks Climate Goals

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Global Insight by Chris Morris

Europe's attempts to diversify its gas supplies could have unintended and negative consequences for climate progress, writes Chris Morris.

A person in construction gear walks past a gas tank
REUTERS
Climate and the Environment