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Aecio Neves, Brazilian Social Democracy Party presidential candidate, greets supporters while campaigning at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 19, 2014 (AP photo by Felipe Dana).
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After Wild Campaign, Brazil Election Returns to Economy, Security

By Frederick Deknatel
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Brazil’s presidential campaign is nearing an end, its zigzagging story lines returning to where they began: with incumbent President Dilma Roussef ahead. Bringing the race back to square one is the fact that Brazil's fundamental problems still await the winner. more


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Turkey’s Regime Change Policy for Syria Finds Little Domestic Support

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Turkey recently announced that only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross the border to fight against the so-called Islamic State in the besieged town of Kobani. In an email interview, Sinan Ülgen, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, discussed domestic influences on Turkey’s Syria policy. more

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Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector

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Chad is currently in talks with the Chinese National Petroleum Company over oil-extraction licenses that were revoked due to environmental violations. In an email interview, Celeste Hicks, a freelance journalist specializing in Africa, discussed Chad’s oil sector. more