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People gather at the Place de Nation to ask for a civilian and democratic transition, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Nov. 2, 2014 (AP photo by Theo Renaut).

Burkina Faso’s Electoral Reforms Test Fragile Transition

By Ernest Harsch
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Ambitious reforms pushed by activists within Burkina Faso’s interim government, including a new electoral code that effectively bars leading supporters of ousted President Blaise Compaore from running in October elections, could complicate the country’s transition. Holdovers of the old regime are in a position to push back. more


South Africa’s Zuma Faces Double Bind on Troubled Economy

By James Hamill
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The past two years have been deeply unsettling ones for South Africa’s economy, which like other emerging markets around the world, including the once-solid BRICS, is in a sea of trouble. That stands in sharp contrast to the established view of South Africa as an African powerhouse and emerging market leader. more

Vietnam’s Workers Use Local Strikes to Push Party for Reforms

By Adam Fforde
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A strike by thousands of workers at a footwear factory earlier this month exposed the severely eroded authority of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party. More than a rare challenge to the party, the strike highlighted a growing alignment of interests among workers, local employers and major international companies to push the party to reform. more

Qatar Ties Reflect India’s Middle East Balancing Act

By Saurav Jha
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India’s growing ties with Qatar are part of a broader policy of Indian engagement throughout the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East, on issues from labor access to energy security. India is hedging its bets against the threat of more instability, using diversified partnerships across the region to protect its interests. more