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Five years on from the 2015 refugee crisis, the norms that hold together international refugee protection are in a perilous state. Matthew Gibney, director of @refugeestudies  at @UniofOxford , examines the aftermath of the events of 2015:

Since 2015, many wealthy nations have intensified their efforts to repel asylum-seekers, in violation of even the most basic commitments to refugees under international law.

It is all but certain that holding elections throughout the entire country, and particularly in remote locations, will be impossible due to Somalia’s insecurity.

Today on WPR: How to maximize the impact of cash transfers in countries hit by coronavirus, why the coronavirus pandemic won’t lead to a new world order, and more.

@ideas42 : Using lessons from behavioral science to design cash transfer programs should help ensure that governments’ resources are spent as effectively as possible during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Absent a sea change in government responses at the multilateral level, the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to transform the international order so much as reinforce current trends.


If Namibian President Hage Geingob’s second term turns out to be like his first, he is likely to be remembered not only as the man who crashed the country’s economy, but also as the leader who brought the once imperious SWAPO Party down to earth.

Zimbabwe is a young country, with 62 percent of its population under the age of 25. Yet its leaders are all past or approaching retirement age.

The scandal over a secret energy deal with Brazil, seen as an attempt by corrupt officials to compromise national interest, has hit a nerve in Paraguayan society.

The Odebrecht scandal could mark a turning point for corruption in Latin America. @FridaGhitis 

Nepal's contested constitution deepens crisis at home and with India:

The continued silencing, deaths and disappearances of President Paul Kagame’s few remaining political opponents in Rwanda suggest that he has dug in his heels.

Across the world, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia, populism is a rising political force. Our latest report, The Global Rise of Populism, takes an in-depth look at populism and its implications for liberal democracy. Get it FREE here:

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On this week's podcast: upcoming elections, Panama Papers, U.S. and Russian military strategies, and more. Listen:

The biggest story in Jerusalem is Israel’s project to reshape the facts on the ground—and Trump’s endorsement of it.