Domestic Politics Articles

Smoke rises from burning garbage as an Indian woman looks for recyclable material at a dumping site on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Nov. 14, 2014 (AP photo by Anupam Nath).

After U.S.-China Climate Deal, India Feels the Heat on Growing Emissions

By Saurav Jha
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The United States and China surprised other G-20 members when they announced a new agreement last week on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. But the G-20 member who perhaps noted this development more than others is India, currently the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter. more


How Argentina Became the Newest Drug Trafficking Hub

By Benoît Gomis
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Compared to some of its neighbors, Argentina has been relatively unscathed by the effects of drug trafficking. However, a recent increase in drug-related problems, including cocaine trafficking, has exposed some of Argentina’s key structural weaknesses, underscoring the need for comprehensive reform. more

World Citizen

Houthi Rise in Yemen Puts Saudi Arabia, Iran on Crash Course

By Frida Ghitis
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One look at a map shows why Yemen has the potential to create serious problems not just for its neighbors but also for the global economy. The country’s troubles have escaped the spotlight mostly because the troubles elsewhere in the region look more acute. That, however, is likely to change. more

Justice Deferred: Rule of Law in Central America

By Michael Allison
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One of the primary historical causes of political violence in Central America has been the absence of democratic rule of law. Since the 1990s, reformists have mobilized to strengthen institutions in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. However, these efforts have been for the most part unsuccessful. more

Global Insider

New Leadership Unlikely to Shift Priorities for Pakistan’s ISI

By The Editors
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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

Global Insider

Botswana’s United Opposition Gains on Ruling Party in Decline

By The Editors
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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

Strategic Horizons

Burkina Faso Coup Puts Spotlight on U.S.-Trained Military Leaders

By Steven Metz
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Last week, Burkina Faso’s long-serving dictator was overthrown in a “soft coup” headed by a military officer who had received U.S. training. This revives Cold War-era debates about when it is appropriate for the U.S. military to train foreign officers who may go on to intervene in domestic politics. more

World Citizen

In Venezuela, Maduro Teetering on the Edge of Disaster

By Frida Ghitis
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The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez seemed to become invigorated by class struggle and the passionate protests it engendered. His heir, Nicolas Maduro, has also faced fierce opposition protests and has responded forcefully. But the challenge is growing exponentially riskier. more

Bosnia’s Post-Election Wrangling Risks Stoking New Tensions

By Srecko Latal
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With post-election negotiations over ruling coalitions intensifying, Bosnia is confronted with two potential scenarios: Compromise that leads to stable national and local governments, or “politics as usual” that could further damage Bosnia’s weak economic and social base and stoke new ethnic and social tensions. more