Domestic Politics Articles

Filipe Nyusi is sworn in as the newly elected Mozambican president, Maputo, Mozambique, Jan. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Ferhat Momade).

Conflict Fears Fade in Mozambique, but Renamo’s Demands Do Not

By Carrie Manning
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Earlier this month, fears of Mozambique sliding back into civil war receded after the leader of the opposition Renamo party toned down his bellicose rhetoric over last year’s contested election. Yet most of the issues that, according to Renamo, prompted its return to violence in 2013 still have not been resolved. more

Country Report

Paper Tiger: Ireland’s Elusive Economic Recovery

By Siobhán Brett
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Ireland’s initial response to the 2008 global financial crisis, a blanket bank guarantee, drove the former “Celtic Tiger” to approach the EU and the IMF to request a bailout in 2010. After years of brutal austerity, the economy appears to be improving, but not everyone is experiencing the recovery. more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Must Address Indigenous Concerns

By Alexis Arthur
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President Enrique Pena Nieto has touted the potential for unprecedented levels of investment in Mexico’s overhauled energy sector. Yet the energy boom could negatively impact Mexico’s indigenous communities. New government laws, critics say, give preferential treatment to private development over community rights. more

Latin America Weighs Risk and Rewards of Shale Revolution

By Paul Shortell
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Latin America faces difficult choices as it looks to expand its nascent shale gas and oil industry. With approximately one-fourth of the world’s recoverable shale oil and gas reserves, the region is poised to reap the benefits of fracking, but it must weigh those against local resistance and environmental risks. more

Global Insider

Foreign NGOs Hamstrung by Indian Funding Regulations

By The Editors
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Last month, India canceled the licenses of 9,000 charities and NGOs for failing to declare information about foreign donations. In an interview, Noshir H. Dadrawala, CEO of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, discussed the relationship between foreign NGOs and the Indian government. more

World Citizen

Camp David Summit Is U.S. Debut for Rising Saudi Prince

By Frida Ghitis
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Among the many challenges facing President Barack Obama and U.S. officials meeting with Gulf Arab leaders this week, one has abruptly climbed to near the top of the agenda: taking the measure of the rising star of the Saudi firmament, King Salman’s son Prince Mohammed bin Salman. more

Global Dispatches Podcast

Burundi on a Knife’s Edge

By The Editors
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Burundi’s political crisis deepened Wednesday with a general launching a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza. World Politics Review partnered with the Global Dispatches podcast to produce an interview with WPR contributor Jonathan W. Rosen on the situation in the East African country.


Morsi Sentence Latest Sign of Politicized Justice in Egypt

By Sahar Aziz
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When Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison last month, legal experts rightfully questioned the impartiality of the judges. The judicialization of politics is nothing new in Egypt, but the use of ordinary courts to do the government’s dirty work of eliminating opposition is. more

Defining Defense: Japan’s Military Identity Crisis

By Sheila A. Smith
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has implemented a rapid succession of security reforms meant to respond to Northeast Asia’s changing threat environment. Yet the Japanese public remains skeptical and cautious when it comes to lifting the post-WWII constitution’s limits on the use of the military. more

Global Insider

Nagorno-Karabakh Elections an Exercise in Domestic Legitimacy

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, Azerbaijan’s separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region held parliamentary elections, which were denounced by Azerbaijan and the West. In an interview, Laurence Broers of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London discussed governance in Nagorno-Karabakh. more

Special Report

No Limits: Africa’s Presidents for Life

By The Editors
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For Africa’s so-called presidents for life, bypassing term limits meant to ensure the peaceful, democratic transfer of power has long been business as usual. But as recent articles in World Politics Review show, presidential term limits have now become a frontline issue in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo and Burkina Faso. more