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Nepalese opposition lawmakers shout slogans as they walk out of the Constituent Assembly in Kathmandu, Nepal, Jan. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Niranjan Shrestha).

Nepal’s Constitutional Standoff Threatens Its Transition

By Michael Vurens van Es
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As the brawl that broke out in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly last week highlighted, the country’s transition from war to peace, and from monarchy to republic, is at a critical juncture. Mounting protests and security challenges are testing the strength of democratic institutions and the leadership of political forces. more


After the Torture Report: What’s Next for the CIA?

By Frederick P. Hitz
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As the new year opens, and the dust has begun to settle from the release of a report last month by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s use of torture in the war on terror, it is time to ask what changes, if any, the report’s revelations will bring about for the agency in the coming years. more