Domestic Politics Articles

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


Migrant Workers in Russia Hit by Ruble Collapse, Xenophobia

By David Klion
, , Trend Lines

Russia is not the only country affected by the ruble’s collapse. Under President Vladimir Putin, it has been one of the world’s leading destinations for immigrants, many of whom send remittances home to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The projected cost to these economies in 2015 could be as high as $10 billion. more

Prisoners of Oslo: Palestine After the Peace Process

By George Hale
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Two decades after the Oslo Accords, nationhood seems more distant than ever for the Palestinians who returned to the West Bank hoping to build a new state. Reporting from Bethlehem, George Hale assesses the bleak mood of post-Oslo Palestine, where no peace with Israel is in sight. more

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Failed Gambia Coup Casts a Spotlight on Jammeh’s Abusive Regime

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

Gambia has accused the former head of the presidential guard of leading a small coup attempt that two U.S. citizens were also involved in. In an interview, Jeffrey Smith, an advocacy officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, discussed Gambian politics and the coup attempt. more

FATA: The Never-Ending War on Pakistan’s Periphery

By Asad Hashim
, , Feature

The recent attack on a school in Peshawar, and the Pakistani government’s response, sum up life in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)—a frontier region on the edge of Pakistan that has been overtaken by militants, the military and the struggle to survive in the tiny space between them. more