A graffiti showing Hugo Chavez

Maduro’s Time is Running Out

Faced with electoral setback and rising popular discontent, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro just announced a number of economic reforms. But will these suffice to combat the country’s economic and social crises? In Venezuela’s most recent parliamentary elections on December 6, 2015, Chavismo experienced its first political setback since coming to power 17 years ago. The […]

Air strike in Sana'a

Trapped in Yemen

Long time, Yemen was mainly a stop-over for African migrants to the Gulf states. With the war in Yemen entering its second year, migratory flows have reversed. While thousands – East Africans and Yemenis – flee the country, many remain trapped in the humanitarian and political disaster on the Arabian Peninsula. This article is part […]

Photo: Soldiers of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo.

Somali Refugees: Between Shelter and Discrimination

In a time of refugee crises and Islamist terror, many countries face the challenge of balancing national security interests and humanitarian obligations. Somalis in Kenya know that this often means a life between discrimination, food aid, and threat of expulsion. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies […]

Afghans who were repatriated are arriving to Afghanistan in a truck with an Afghan flag on it

Pakistan’s Uneasy Relation with Afghan Refugees

The latest efforts of the government in Islamabad to repatriate Afghan refugees show that Pakistan’s refugee problem is deeply connected with the country’s response to terrorism and with international cooperation. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies in developing and transition countries are confronted with the influx […]

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar: Into Unchartered Waters

Transition talks in Myanmar are entering their finale phase. While many issues remain unresolved between the military and Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, further democratization is possible in the Southeast Asian country. Myanmar is entering unknown terrain these days. For the first time since the historic victory of the oppositional National League for Democracy (NLD) […]

“Discrimination in Nepal Continues under New Constitution”

After a turbulent year 2015 for Nepal, we spoke with social entrepreneur Rabi Karmacharya about the stalled post-earthquake reconstruction effort and the political quagmire following the adoption of a much-criticized new constitution. BTI Blog: Mr. Karmacharya, your NGO “Open Learning Exchange Nepal” has worked for many years to improve education quality in rural schools. How […]

Construction workers in Dagachhu Hydropower Development in Bhutan.

Is Bhutan on the Cusp of a Revolution in Private Sector Growth?

Expanding the private sector is key for development in Bhutan. Yet, aligning this with the practice of Gross National Happiness is only one of the challenges. What could the government do to foster entrepreneurship? Bhutan has made remarkable developmental progress since the 1960s when the Third King decided to end the Himalayan kingdom’s self-imposed isolation […]

Law and Justice Party Demolishes Democratic Consensus

Few countries can boast a story of transformation success as Poland’s. Does the newly elected PiS-led government in Warsaw pose a threat to the country’s democratic achievements? The European Commission has just initiated an unprecedented inquiry into the rule of law in Poland. The aim of the inquiry is to assess whether laws passed by […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán © kremlin.ru

Towards a Putinization of Central Europe?

With the migrant crisis ongoing, Central European countries are increasingly inching towards populism and nationalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin may well become a model for some. How can Europe avoid the rift? If the Eurozone crisis stoked great divisions between northern and southern Europe, the ongoing migrant crisis has already led to sharp conflict between […]

A military plane is unloaded in Kathmundu, Nepal on 29 April 2015 delivering UK aid © Sgt Neil Bryden/RAF (CC BY 2.0)

Nepal’s New Prime Minister Faces Herculean Tasks

A military plane is unloaded in Kathmundu, Nepal on 29 April 2015 delivering UK aid © Sgt Neil Bryden/RAF (CC BY 2.0) A new constitution, a virtual embargo by its neighbor India, deadly clashes between police and protesters and the recovery from the earthquakes in April and May 2015. Nepal’s newly elected Prime Minister K.P. […]