Indra Ekmanis is a former editor on The World's digital team.
Indra has a doctorate in international studies from the University of Washington, with an area focus in the Baltic Sea Region and post-Soviet space. Her work has concentrated on the everyday experiences of minority integration, immigrant identity and civil society, particularly through the lens of culture.
Indra was a 2016-2017 Fulbright researcher in Latvia, and has been a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also a Baltic Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
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Experts say international cooperation is critical to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, but as more and more country borders close, global leadership is also retreating.
Experts say India's lockdown measures against the spread of COVID-19 are “essential” and a “prudent decision” — but without more support for India's daily earners, it risks failure.
Under war-like circumstances, history shows there is a very fine line between protecting citizens and eroding rights — and that line can be exploited or extended in times of great uncertainty.
US President Donald Trump said he was concerned about corruption in Ukraine when he withheld aid last year. But his interference in Justice Department matters post-impeachment are eroding US institutional norms — and playing into Russian President Vladimir Putin's hand.
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision has sown widespread confusion among would-be green card applicants. Immigration advocates are concerned that it will prevent immigrant families — and their US citizen children — from accessing government programs for which they are eligible.
Arts, Culture & Media
When Alyona Savranenko turned 12, hip-hop found her in a small rural village. Now Savranenko, a former kindergarten teacher, is one of the top artists in Ukraine.
Just a day after the House sent articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, the Government Accountability Office released a report that says the Trump administration violated the law when it withheld aid intended for Ukraine in the summer of 2019.