Diplomacy and Politics Articles

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Mark Wilson).

After Promising Start, Iraq’s Abadi Must Confront Maliki—and Iran

By Frederick Deknatel
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In attempting to rein in Shiite militias and create a more inclusive government, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is taking on his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, who still wields significant influence in Iraq through the Interior Ministry and judiciary, while also taking on Iran’s “shadow state.” more


Mexico’s Energy Reforms Miss a Key Sector: Renewables

By Alexis Arthur
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Many hoped President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms would catalyze the renewable sector in Mexico, with its abundance of wind, solar and geothermal resources. Instead, his government risks missing an opportunity to make good on its commitment to a clean energy future and to tackling climate change. more

Global Insider

Modi’s BJP Seeks Inroads in Kashmir Elections

By The Editors
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The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir’s phased voting process for local elections continued over the weekend. In an email interview, Sten Widmalm, professor at Uppsala University in Sweden and author of “Kashmir in Comparative Perspective,” discussed politics in Kashmir. more

Global Insider

Opposition Victory in Mauritius Sign of Fatigue With Labour Party

By The Editors
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The center-right opposition coalition Alliance Lepep won a landslide victory in Mauritius’ general election earlier this month. In an email interview, Roukaya Kasenally, director of programs and knowledge management at the African Media Initiative, discussed Mauritian politics. more

Global Insights

Putin Courts Modi to Advance Russia-India Economic Ties

By Richard Weitz
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On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin became the latest suitor to court Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi on the latter’s home territory. While New Delhi has ended its Cold War alignment with Moscow, India and Russia still share many overlapping interests, as the visit clearly illustrated. more

Zimbabwe Infighting Opens Mugabe Succession Battle

By James Hamill
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In Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe recently dismissed his vice president, the ruling ZANU-PF party’s internal strife has gone public. That is a measure of the depth of the party’s crisis and a clear indication that factions are now making moves to secure the post-Mugabe succession. more

Strategic Horizons

To Create Order, the U.S. Needs a Strategic Vision

By Steven Metz
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America’s global strategy once coherently linked U.S. actions in different places and on different issues. Today it does not, instead treating each security challenge in isolation. The reason for this incoherence is clear: The United States has no unifying strategic vision. more

World Citizen

Ibero-American Summit in Mexico Highlights Ideological Rifts

By Frida Ghitis
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The annual Ibero-American Summit was designed to develop ties among countries with strong cultural and historical bonds and develop a bloc with political and economic power. But the latest summit, held this week in Mexico, showed how wide the ideological chasms among the member countries have become. more