Boris Johnson Tramples onto the Scene

Source: Wikimedia Commons Boris Johnson officially replaced Theresa May as Great Britain’s new prime minister last week today, upon being summoned to Buckingham Palace and formally invited to govern by Queen Elizabeth II. He had won a Conservative Party leadership contest earlier in the week, in which he defeated his rival, Jeremy Hunt, with 66 percent of the vote. Despite the comfortable victory he enjoyed, a divisive reputation precedes Johnson’s ascent to the U.K.’s top political office among the broader British public. Over the course of an 18-year-long political career, Johnson’s legacy has arguably been defined more by his gaffes and ensuing controversies than his skill at governing or

Strings Still Attached: von der Leyen’s back-room ascendancy limits her pan-European message

Ursula von der Leyen, Source: Wikimedia Commons German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Union (EU) Commission President-elect last Tuesday, after narrowly winning election by the European Parliament to replace Luxembourgish politician Jean-Claude Juncker. A surprise nominee by the European heads of state, Von der Leyen focused her incoming presidency on nurturing deeper European interconnection in the face of rising of nationalism, populism, and Euro-skepticism. “The trust you place in me is confidence you place in Europe,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Confidence in a united and strong Europe… confidence in a Europe that is ready to fight for the fut

Sudan’s Historic Power-Sharing Accord

Source: Wikimedia Commons When asked about the recent power-sharing deal reached in Sudan between military rulers and protesters Mousa Mohammad, a 67 year old Sudanese immigrant to the United States, answered, “ It’s a good idea if it’s something temporary, if it leads to democracy then it is good.” Talks mediated by the Arab Union (AU) and Ethiopia resulted in a power-sharing deal promising democratic elections at the end of three years, with the Military Council ruling for the first 21 months of this period followed by a civilian-run administration for the last 18 months. Since reaching this agreement in early July, the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change-- representing the protes

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