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BREXIT: Tug of War or Revolution

On March 29, 2019, the day originally slated for a United Kingdom departure from the European Union, Parliament rejected for a third time the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. Based upon the decision reached among the 27 European leaders last week, Britain will now leave the EU on Friday April 12. Unless a major political change takes place, the Europeans will kick the Brits out with placards saying “Good riddance.”  However, within the British Isles deep divisions exist and their origin merits examination. Two groups have moved beyond jaw jaw to mobilizing and marching.

A Conversation with His Excellency Hamilton Mourão, Vice President of the Republic of Brazil

The first 100 days of the Bolsonaro administration have been marked by political paralysis, in large part due to the successive crises generated by the President’s own inner circle, if not by himself. Amidst the political noise, Vice President Hamilton Mourão has emerged as a voice of reason and moderation, capable of providing direction in domestic and foreign affairs alike.

How Ukrainian Presidents Build Coalitions: Lessons in Power Sharing for the Next President


Why Nazarbayev Resigned and What Happens Next


Kazakhstan’s long-awaited political transition has begun in earnest. Having ruled for almost thirty years, 78-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his retirement live on television on March 19th. Nazarbayev stated that the decision was "not easy,” but that he wanted to help with the transition to "a new generation of leaders.”

Russia’s New Consensus: Acquiescence, Not Unanimity


The hardening of the Russian political regime in recent years has prompted some observers to characterize it as “totalitarian.” An attempt to describe the current in the language of the bygone is understandable, but hardly effective. 

Improving Future Ocean Governance – Governance of Global Goods in an Age of Global Shifts

This policy paper provides recommendations as to how G20 states can:
  • consolidate their own capacity and assist non-G20 states in taking responsibility for strengthening marine science and implementation of existing regulatory frameworks,
  • exercise innovative global and regional leadership to address emerging opportunities and associated governance challenges and
  • facilitate the meaningful involvement of the private sector and the public in ensuring a collective governance order around oceans.

Brexit Confusion Reigns in London

With 19 days left before Britain formally exits the European Union on March 29, the House of Commons once again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's latest withdrawal agreement. A deflated and exasperated May has now promised a ‘free vote’ tomorrow in parliament where MPs will decide, without pressure from the government, whether Britain should leave the EU without a deal.