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FARC Commander Pastor Alape talks to the press in Havana, Cuba, Nov. 18, 2014 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).
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For Colombia’s Santos, Kidnapping Threatens More Than Peace Talks

By Frederick Deknatel
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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos abruptly called off peace talks this week with the rebel FARC after guerillas kidnapped an army general. The suspension of two-year negotiations also throws a wrench into Santos’ ambitious foreign policy agenda as he deals with domestic critics on all sides. more


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Vietnam’s Modernizing Navy Confronts China’s Sea Power

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As China attempts to assert maritime claims against Vietnam, Vietnam in turn has been expanding its navy and courting new allies, like India. In an email interview, Abhijit Singh, a research fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, discusses the Vietnamese navy's capabilities. more

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Railway Dispute Shows Weaknesses of China-Mexico Economic Ties

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Mexico’s recent decision to cancel a high-speed rail contract with China is the latest example of the unsettled relationship between two of the largest emerging economies. In an email interview, Matt Ferchen of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy discussed China’s ties with Mexico. more

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U.S. Reform Agenda in Myanmar on Shaky Ground

By Maria Savel
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Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN summit. The visit, two years after Obama’s first to the country, comes amid growing concerns over Rohingya minority rights and stalled constitutional reform. more

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New Leadership Unlikely to Shift Priorities for Pakistan’s ISI

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Last week, Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar took over as head of Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In an email interview, Frederic Grare, senior associate and director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s South Asia program, discussed the evolution of ISI. more

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Botswana’s United Opposition Gains on Ruling Party in Decline

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Last month, the ruling Botswana Democratic Party narrowly won a majority of seats in parliament. In an email interview, Gape Kaboyakgosi, senior research fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development and Policy Analysis, discussed Botswana’s domestic politics. more