Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 11, 2019

Uta Thofern, DW: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro has lost all legitimacy

Up to now, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has at least ruled as an elected leader. As he begins his second term, it seems the last vestiges of democracy in the country are gone, writes DW’s Uta Thofern.

Venezuela’s last genuinely free elections were held in 2015. The opposition won that vote by a landslide, which international observers interpreted as a glimmer of hope for the country and its run-down economy. But, alas, this optimism did not last long. President Nicolas Maduro and his Chavistas soon began hollowing out the country’s democratic institutions — abolishing the rule of law and the separation of power.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 11, 2019

How Venezuela’s crisis developed and drove out millions of people — BBC

U.S. should review its approach to Syria’s Assad — James Dobbins, Reuters

What next for Syria’s Idlib? — AFP

It’s Time for a Serious Saudi-Houthi Back Channel — Barbara A. Leaf and Elana DeLozier, War On The Rocks

Israel boycott ban is not about free speech — Zach Schapira, Reuters

Moon expects concrete outcome at North Korea-US summit — Andrew Salmon, Asia Times

What next for North Korea-US ties after Kim’s China trip? — Josh Doyle, Al Jazeera

China’s economy shows more signs of running out of gas — Gordon Watts, Asia Times

The Taliban and the Changing Nature of Pashtun Nationalism — Mohammed Ayoob, National Interest

Philippines mulls parting strategic ways with America — Richard Javad Heydarian, Asia Times

Burkina Faso and the Looming Jihadist Threat to Coastal West Africa — Jacob Zenn, Jamestown Foundatino

Italy’s Writing on the Wall — Harold James, Project Syndicate

Moscow’s Little-Noticed Islamic-Outreach Effort — Hassan Hassan, The Atlantic

Putin’s Retirement Plan Depends on Belarus — Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Managing Russia’s dissolution — Janusz Bugajski, The Hill

Germany Prepares for an Economic Downturn — Christian Reiermann, Spiegel Online

The Ironies of Illegal Immigration — Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

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