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Malawi-Tanzania Border Dispute Flares Up Over Potential Oil Discovery

Lake Malawi, March 24, 2007 (photo by Flickr user Yoni Lerner licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
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Last month, Malawian President Peter Mutharika reaffirmed his country’s claim to Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, fueling Malawi’s ongoing dispute with Tanzania over access rights to the lake. In an email interview, Aditi Lalbahadur, researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs, discussed Malawi and Tanzania’s long and unresolved territorial fight. more

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Upcoming Mozambique Election Prompts Push for Peace

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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. more

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The Costs and Benefits of Trade Agreement Disputes

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Last month, Germany voiced concerns over the inclusion of an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. In an email interview, Timothy Josling, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, discussed the settlements and their role in international trade agreements. more

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Maoist Insurgency Still Simmers in Modi’s India

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Two Indian police officers were injured over the weekend when Maoist insurgents detonated a landmine below their convoy. In an email interview, P.V. Ramana, a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, discussed the insurgency of Maoist groups, also known as Naxalites, and the Modi administration’s response. more

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Unstable Opposition Means Reform in Malaysia Unlikely

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Malaysia’s opposition coalition risks being torn apart after its leader Anwar Ibrahim sacked the chief minister of Selangor, the country’s most populous state. In an email interview, Clive Kessler, professor emeritus at the University of New South Wales, discussed the state of Malaysia’s opposition. more

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South Korea’s Economic Growth Holds Steady

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Last month South Korea unveiled a $40 billion economic stimulus package designed to boost a lagging growth rate. In an email interview, Dwight Perkins, professor emeritus of political economy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discussed the state of South Korea’s economy. more

EU Strives to Overcome Its North-South, East-West Divides

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The current debate in the EU over how to respond to the Ukraine crisis highlights the political and ideological divisions between Eastern and Western Europe. Meanwhile, the economic division between Northern and Southern Europe stemming from the eurozone crisis are as strong as ever. The EU is taking steps to overcome these divisions and create a more united union, but lasting solutions are hard to come by. more

Hungary’s Orban a Threat to ‘Liberal Democracy’—and EU Norms

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In April, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s conservative Fidesz party maintained its majority in parliament in national elections. Since then, Orban’s reactionary rhetoric has only increased, most notably in a speech last month in which he rejected “liberal democracy” as the model for Hungary. No head of state in the EU has ever so bluntly aligned with autocratic values.

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Risks and Realities of the Egyptian-Israeli Alliance Against Hamas

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With another ceasefire set to expire, Israeli and Palestinian diplomats are in Cairo for Egyptian-brokered talks to end the fighting in Gaza. Egypt is hardly a neutral mediator: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s hostility toward the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot, Hamas, is no secret; neither is Egypt’s security relationship with Israel. But the inner workings of that relationship are rarely exposed. more

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Mexico Making an Effort to Expand Ties in Middle East

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Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade visited Jordan last month to discuss expanding diplomatic ties. In an email interview, Alejandra Galindo Marines, professor of social sciences at the University of Monterrey, discussed Mexico’s relations with the Middle East. more