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The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

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A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

Get Ready for the India-Japan Partnership

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Reading between the lines of Abe and Modi’s joint statement. Sumit Kumar While Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in December last year had reaffirmed the desire to transform the Japan-India Strategic and… Get Ready for the… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

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Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »

Can the European Project be Re-boosted?

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The European project is at a critical juncture. According to the most recent Eurobarometer,[1] 36% of Europeans are opposed “to an economic and… Louka T. Katseli Progressive Economy Brexit is the most dramatic manifestation of a growing lack of trust in European institutions and their capacity to deliver observable benefits to the… The rise of extreme political parties in… Can the European… Διδάγματα από την Ελληνική κρίση – Εκδήλωση του ΔΟΒΕ προς τιμή του Γεράσιμου Αρσένη Lessons from the Greek Crisis “Policies, ... Read More »

Why Erdogan-Trump honeymoon may be short-lived

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Donald Trump’s election as president may have sent shock waves across the world, leaving many countries deeply concerned, but it has had the opposite effect in Turkey. Semih Idiz President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are pleased with this turn of… Why Erdogan-Trump… Read More »

Guatemala: Young Blood, Old Vices

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A year after the election of would-be reformer Jimmy Morales as president, corruption investigations are casting a shadow over his inner circle. Arturo Matute Recent appointments bring youth and oxygen to his faltering administration, but much still stands in the way of political… Guatemala: Young… Read More »

Trump victory comes with a silver lining for the world’s progressives

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The election of Donald Trump symbolises the demise of a remarkable era. Yanis Varoufakis  It was a time when we saw the curious spectacle of a superpower, the… Trump victory comes… Read More »

Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover

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TThe 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform. BY CHRISTIAN CARYL  The experts have been throwing around a lot of numbers in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. But there’s one statistic that… Let’s Face It: The… Read More »

Weekend Roundup: Democracy Disrupts Itself

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The “Great Reaction” that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is not just another turn of the electoral cycle, but an indication of a system in crisis. Nathan Gardels When unresponsive elites forsake the common folk in governing systems anchored in popular sovereignty, demagogues who fashion themselves as tribunes of the… Weekend Roundup: Democracy… Read More »

The US election was closer than you think

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ANALYSIS On first look, the US election looks like a Trump landslide. But looks can be deceiving. by Matt Martino The electoral college vote as it stands has Donald Trump at 279 votes — nine votes above the magic number of 270 needed to claim the presidency. With another 26 expected from the… The US election was… Read More »

How to Defeat the Missile Defense of the Future

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Ultimately, innovating new offensive weapons will prove more important. Leonid Nersisyan Taking a good look at U.S. and Russian strategic missile defense systems’ capabilities, we have come to the conclusion that these systems will not be able, neither at this moment nor in the… How to Defeat the… Read More »

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Veers onto a More Violent Path

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The death toll in Turkey’s PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict rose nearly 10 per cent over the past three months as domestic political and regional dynamics propel the 32-year-old conflict deeper into a more violent trend. Berkay Mandıracı August-October fighting killed 444 people, compared to 402 in the preceding three months. The… Turkey’s PKK Conflict… Read More »

Can NATO Pay Up?

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If adherence to the 2 percent benchmark is not a good measurement of commitment, what is? Elisabeth Braw In recent years NATO has been showing renewed signs of vitality. But with challenges ranging from Russia to refugees, it’s… Can NATO Pay… Read More »

Why Morocco Is Investing in Africa

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Morocco wishes to help its fellow African nations claim their due from the West. Ahmed Charai In a historic speech in the Senegalese capital Dakar Sunday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI laid out his country’s commitment to the continent of Africa, and… Why Morocco Is… Read More »

What Happens in Turkey Doesn’t Stay in Turkey

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Ankara’s growing authoritarianism is not just an internal problem. It’s time for the U.S. to wise up. By Nate Schenkkan * The detention of 11 members of parliament from an opposition political party last week marked the latest step in Turkey’s transformation into a de facto dictatorship. For years, the… What Happens in… Read More »

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks

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It is unusual for us to comment on an American election, even more so in the eleventh hour. José Ramos-Horta Óscar Arias Sánchez John Hume  But what is at stake at the moment in the U.S. election affects us all. The Presidential election in the world’s most powerful democracy has descended into name calling, disinformation and… Nobel Peace Laureates… Read More »