Domestic Politics Articles

South African President Jacob Zuma at an auditorium at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Dec. 5, 2014 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

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

Global Insider

Guinea Opposition Sidelined as the Military’s Power Grows

By The Editors
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Clashes between the opposition and security forces continued for a second day in Guinea’s capital. In an interview, Mohamed Saliou Camara, a professor of history and international relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, discussed domestic politics in Guinea. more

Global Insider

Though Greatly Weakened, Philippine Communist Insurgency Holds Steady

By The Editors
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In late February, communist rebels killed five Philippine soldiers in an ambush in a northern province. In an interview, Patricio Abinales, a professor of Asian studies at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, discussed the Philippine communist insurgency. more

World Citizen

Hopes for Democracy, EU Integration Fade in Erdogan’s Turkey

By Frida Ghitis
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It wasn’t very long ago that Turkey was seen as a country in the midst of a great democratic transformation, but there is a growing consensus that it is rapidly drifting away from democracy. The driving force behind the country’s dramatic change of direction is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more

Special Report

Chavismo After Chavez: Venezuela in the Maduro Era

By The Editors
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Two years after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela finds itself mired in crisis. A drop in energy prices has devastated an already weak economy, while a crackdown on civil society has stifled the political opposition. This report draws on articles covering Venezuela from the outset of President Nicolas Maduro’s tenure. more

World Citizen

Venezuela Sanctions Undo Gains of U.S. Policy of Restraint

By Frida Ghitis
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Venezuela is one country where U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama had struck the right tone—until a few weeks ago. The Obama administration has issued an executive order targeting top Venezuelan officials for sanctions, playing directly into President Nicolas Maduro’s hands. more

Global Insider

CAR Still Haunted by Ethnic Divisions as It Tries to Build Peace

By The Editors
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In the wake of recent violence in the Central African Republic, the United Nations announced today that it is sending an additional 1,000 peacekeepers to the war-torn country. In an interview, the Brookings Institution's Amadou Sy discussed the political and security situation in CAR. more