Domestic Politics Articles

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 9, 2014 (AP photo by Mark Wilson).

After Promising Start, Iraq’s Abadi Must Confront Maliki—and Iran

By Frederick Deknatel
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In attempting to rein in Shiite militias and create a more inclusive government, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is taking on his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, who still wields significant influence in Iraq through the Interior Ministry and judiciary, while also taking on Iran’s “shadow state.” more


Mexico’s Energy Reforms Miss a Key Sector: Renewables

By Alexis Arthur
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Many hoped President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms would catalyze the renewable sector in Mexico, with its abundance of wind, solar and geothermal resources. Instead, his government risks missing an opportunity to make good on its commitment to a clean energy future and to tackling climate change. more

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Modi’s BJP Seeks Inroads in Kashmir Elections

By The Editors
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The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir’s phased voting process for local elections continued over the weekend. In an email interview, Sten Widmalm, professor at Uppsala University in Sweden and author of “Kashmir in Comparative Perspective,” discussed politics in Kashmir. more

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Opposition Victory in Mauritius Sign of Fatigue With Labour Party

By The Editors
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The center-right opposition coalition Alliance Lepep won a landslide victory in Mauritius’ general election earlier this month. In an email interview, Roukaya Kasenally, director of programs and knowledge management at the African Media Initiative, discussed Mauritian politics. more

Zimbabwe Infighting Opens Mugabe Succession Battle

By James Hamill
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In Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe recently dismissed his vice president, the ruling ZANU-PF party’s internal strife has gone public. That is a measure of the depth of the party’s crisis and a clear indication that factions are now making moves to secure the post-Mugabe succession. more

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Ibero-American Summit in Mexico Highlights Ideological Rifts

By Frida Ghitis
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The annual Ibero-American Summit was designed to develop ties among countries with strong cultural and historical bonds and develop a bloc with political and economic power. But the latest summit, held this week in Mexico, showed how wide the ideological chasms among the member countries have become. more

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Taiwan’s Local Elections Likely to Have Regional Impact

By The Editors
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Last month, Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party lost local elections, receiving only 40 percent of the vote. In an email interview, Joel Atkinson, research fellow at the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development at Yonsei University, South Korea, discussed Taiwan’s domestic politics. more

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Guyana Political Crisis Result of Institutionalized Autocracy

By The Editors
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Last month, Guyana was plunged into political crisis after President Donald Romator suspended parliament to avoid a no-confidence vote. In an email interview, George Danns, professor of sociology at the University of North Georgia, discussed Guyana’s domestic politics. more

China’s Marshall Plan: All Silk Roads Lead to Beijing?

By Michele Penna
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Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $40 billion for the creation of a Silk Road Investment Fund to “break the connectivity bottleneck” in Asia. It is just one part of Beijing’s ambitious “Silk Road” projects to boost China’s global trade links and, it hopes, reorient geopolitics. more

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In Iraq, Regionalism Another Casualty of Islamic State

By The Editors
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The Iraqi government agreed Tuesday to a long-term oil wealth sharing deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). In an email interview, Kirk Sowell, a political risk analyst who is the publisher of the biweekly newsletter Inside Iraqi Politics, discussed regionalism in Iraq. more

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Namibia’s SWAPO Wins Landslide Despite Popular Dissatisfaction

By The Editors
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Namibia’s ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) party won last month’s presidential election with over 86 percent of the vote. In an email interview, Elke Zuern, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, discussed Namibia’s domestic politics. more