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February 25, 2019

Southeast Asia
Populism Might Not Be Ebbing

In early 2018, I wrote a short article for the Washington Post, arguing that the global populism wave would likely continue sweeping through countries that year—despite the fact that, at least in par…

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April 20, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Faces a Crippling Population Boom

Nigeria's rapid population growth, especially in urban areas, poses difficult economic, social, and public health challenges. A huge, rapidly growing population is not necessarily a source of national strength.

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November 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Populism: On the Rise, But Different From Populism in Other Regions

While populism is sweeping through Europe and parts of the Americas it is also making gains in Southeast Asia. The region’s autocrat-leaning populists—those who have already ruled and those who are a…

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November 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Population Density and Conflict Drive Ebola Outbreak in Eastern Congo

The current outbreak of Ebola in the eastern Congo province of North Kivu is taking place in a war zone, with rival militias and rebel groups inhibiting health workers responding the crisis. This is the tenth Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the disease was first discovered in the country in 1976 and has the potential to become the deadliest.

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December 26, 2017

Americas
Populism Looms Over Latin America's Election Year

In 2018, nearly two out of every three Latin Americans will head to the polls to elect new leaders, and the fight against corruption will be high on their agenda. The surge to throw the bums out coul…

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July 19, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Could European Populism Go Nuclear on NATO?

The following is a guest post by David Gevarter, an intern for European studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, observers …

People stage a protest against the nearby Belgian Tihange nuclear power station outside the town hall during a Charlemagne Prize ceremony in Aachen, Germany on May 10, 2018.

January 16, 2013

Economics
Kirchners’ New Economic Populism

Argentina is known for its populists leaders, as well as spectacular economic booms and busts. Yet looking at the economic data of the last fifty years, successive governments have, perhaps somewhat …

Kirchners’ New Economic Populism

November 27, 2018

Brazil
Rising Populism in Latin America Isn't About the Economy

Injustice, not economic class, is what’s turning voters against the political establishment. 

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a rally as part of a tour to thank supporters for his victory in the July 1 election, in Mexico City, Mexico September 29, 2018.

October 12, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s Population Explosion

Residents try to get into a bus at the bus station of Adjame in Abidjan March 20, 2011. (Luc Gnago/Courtesy Reuters) A Standard Bank analyst is predicting that sub-Saharan Africa’s population will r…

Africa’s Population Explosion

June 7, 2018

Gambia
Gambia’s Tiny Population Belies Its Enormous Exampe

President Adama Barrow is seeking support for his government’s comprehensive National Development Program, which is intended to rebuild the economy so that young Gambians have fewer reasons to flee to Europe.

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