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Late August Publishing Hiatus

By The Editors

World Politics Review is taking its annual end-of-August hiatus this week and will not be publishing Aug. 25 through Sept. 1. We will return with new articles Sept. 2. In the meantime, we invite subscribers to explore our archives and to catch up on in-depth content that you may have missed. We invite non-subscribers to sign up today for a free trial. Anyone who signs up between Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 will have their trial period automatically extended to Sept. 15, ensuring two full trial weeks during active publishing.


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The Realist Prism

Despite Hope of Minsk Summit, Damage Done to Russia-West Relations

Next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a face-to-face trilateral summit in Belarus with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and a European Union delegation headed by its foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. The summit has an ambitious agenda on the table to defuse the Ukraine crisis. Assuming that a major breakthrough does occur in Minsk, what next?


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Global Insider

Upcoming Mozambique Election Prompts Push for Peace

By The Editors

Earlier this month, Mozambique passed an amnesty law that will allow Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the opposition Renamo Party, to return from hiding and run in the Oct. 15 presidential election. In an email interview, Elisabete Azevedo-Harman, research fellow at Chatham House, discussed the evolving political landscape in Mozambique.


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Al-Shabab: A Close Look at East Africa's Deadliest Radicals

More than any other organization, Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahedeen, widely known as al-Shabab, has left its mark on the recent history of Somalia. Political and radical Islam have a long history in the country, but no group has survived longer than al-Shabab, and no group has emerged stronger from challenges and setbacks. Today, the group has emerged from an existential crisis and looks stronger than it has in years. Though al-Shabab is often referred to as simply a “terrorist group,” the term does not accurately describe the range of the group’s activities.


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Special Report

A Year of Conflict and Crisis for Africa

As President Barack Obama convenes a summit of nearly 50 African leaders in Washington focused mainly on economic opportunity, security and health crises continue to undermine the continent’s potential. South Sudan and the Central African Republic are torn by civil war; Nigeria and Kenya are threatened by terrorist groups; and Sierra Leone and Liberia are suffering from the worst Ebola outbreak to date. But while Western powers like the U.S. and France continue to wield influence, it is increasingly Africa’s leaders who are driving events.