A country’s politics in today’s globalized world is never an event in a vacuum, but reflective of domestic and international trends informed by often neglected history and underreported on-the-ground development. Analyzing national politics can help give a better grasp and awareness of the broader contexts that inform them and their direction. 

Big and Bittersweet Changes in Store for 2023

The new year is upon us, bringing with it opportunities for reflection, gratitude, and of course – change. Here at Spheres of Influence, we are kicking off 2023 with some big, exciting, and also bittersweet changes.  First, I will be stepping down as executive director. This was an incredibly difficult decision, as the last two…

COP27’s ‘Loss and Damage’ Agreement – Better than Nothing?

After two weeks of challenging negotiations in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, this year’s annual UN Climate conference, COP27, has concluded. Its outcome: bleak. Following last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, many hoped this would be the year in which ideas centered around justice would produce the solutions needed to combat climate change. Unfortunately, many of the COP27…