Domestic Politics Articles

Anti-balaka militiamen at their base in the Bimbo neighborhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, May 31, 2014 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Global Insider

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

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

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


World Citizen

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

By Frida Ghitis
, , Column

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

World Citizen

In United Arab Emirates, Sharjah’s Sheikh Talks Democracy

By Frida Ghitis
, , Column

Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council that governs the United Arab Emirates, does not shy away from the term “democracy.” Whether he can actually carve a path toward a more inclusive form of government remains to be seen. more

Global Insider

After Election, New Lesotho Coalition Unlikely to Tackle Needed Reform

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

After last month’s election in Lesotho produced no clear winner, the opposition Democratic Congress formed a coalition with six smaller parties. In an interview, Dimpho Motsamai, a policy analyst and researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, discussed Lesotho’s election. more

The Realist Prism

Will GOP Senators’ Open Letter to Iran Derail Nuclear Deal?

By Nikolas Gvosdev
, , Column

On Monday, 47 GOP senators published an open letter warning Iran’s leadership of the perils faced by any deal on Tehran’s nuclear program concluded solely on the basis of U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive authority. The letter’s impact will depend on three sets of Iranian calculations. more

Oil Slump, Russian Revanchism Put the Squeeze on Kazakhstan

By Casey Michel
, , Briefing

In the year since Russia annexed Crimea, Kazakhstan’s geopolitical environs have shifted more rapidly than at any point in its 23 years of independence. Nursultan Nazarbayev’s brittle regime faces a dire economic outlook from slumping oil prices and heightened security concerns from a spat with Moscow. more

Global Insider

Persistent Scandals Have South Korea’s Park on Damage Control

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

Last month, Lee Wan-koo was confirmed as South Korea’s prime minister, despite allegations that he had dodged military service and was involved in suspicious real estate deals. In an interview, Charles Armstrong, professor of Korean studies at Columbia University, discussed South Korean domestic politics. more