Challenges for Democracy in Latin America

As the 2022 electoral supercycle in Latin America continues, with key elections in Brazil and Colombia happening soon, much is at stake for democracy in the region. Despite the robust electoral systems throughout most of the region, only a handful of countries qualify as full democracies. What accounts for some of these flaws? What should … Continue reading Challenges for Democracy in Latin America

South Korea Goes to the Polls

South Koreans will cast their ballots for president on March 9. What do the elections mean for the country, its domestic challenges, and foreign policy outlook? This is the country’s second Covid-era election following the legislative election in April 2020. South Korea is considered as one of the success stories of third wave democratization in … Continue reading South Korea Goes to the Polls

To Rule the Waves: Superpowers and Control of the Seas

In today’s episode, we’ll have an important discussion on Bruce Jones’ new book, Rule the Waves: How Control of the World’s Oceans Shapes the Fate of the Superpowers. What are the current tensions that exist in naval trade and how has this become a part of the major powers’ agenda? How have oceans impacted transnational … Continue reading To Rule the Waves: Superpowers and Control of the Seas

The 2022 Beijing Games Boycott, Explained

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is officially underway, with nearly 3,000 athletes competing in 109 events from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20. There has been no shortage of controversy in the Games. Several countries have declared a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, citing China’s alleged genocide against the Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang … Continue reading The 2022 Beijing Games Boycott, Explained

One Year into Myanmar’s Military Coup

Myanmar has faced political upheaval since the coup d'état of Feb. 1, 2021. Faced with  political, economic, and humanitarian crises, Myanmar remains a subject of international condemnation and assistance. What did the Myanmar Government Look Like Before the Coup? After being colonized by Britain in the 19th century, Burma became independent after the Japanese invasions … Continue reading One Year into Myanmar’s Military Coup

Portugal’s Socialist Party Wins a Majority in Parliament

On January 30, Portugal’s Socialist Party won 41.7% of the vote and 117 seats in the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic. The victory of the social-democratic Socialist Party is unique in that it is only the second time in Portugal’s history that a single party is able to govern alone without a coalition. The centrist-right … Continue reading Portugal’s Socialist Party Wins a Majority in Parliament

The Russia-China Alignment

Are Russia and China allies? Will their alignment last? Are we living in a new Cold War? On today's episode, we discuss these questions with Sergey Radchenko, a cold war and Russia-China expert. Hey POFA fans just a quick disclaimer before we get started. This episode was recorded on February 18th, a week before Russia’s … Continue reading The Russia-China Alignment

Boris Johnson’s Latest Controversy

Over the past few weeks, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his office were exposed for breaking COVID-19 protocols. What was exposed? From May 2020 to April 2021, 14 social gatherings were held in and around 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s main office and residence. Pictures and email invitations to the parties were leaked … Continue reading Boris Johnson’s Latest Controversy