Domestic Politics Articles

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators fill the streets in the main financial district of Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2014 (AP photo by Wally Santana).
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With Hong Kong Protests, China Confronts Fateful Choice

By Frida Ghitis
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The unexpected outbreak of massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has presented authorities in Beijing with a pivotal challenge. Chinese President Xi Jinping has three choices: He can compromise; he can crack down; or he can watch and wait, hoping the protests will die down. more


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Zimbabwe Opposition Poses Little Threat to Mugabe

By The Editors
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The main opposition party in Zimbabwe is facing serious infighting in the lead-up to its party congress next month. In an email interview, Stephen Chan, professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, discussed the state of Zimbabwe’s opposition. more

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Algeria’s Slow March Toward Nuclear Energy

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Earlier this month, Algeria and Russia signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal. In an email interview, Bruno Tertrais, senior research fellow at the Paris-based Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, discussed Algeria’s nuclear program. more

Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

By Richard Weitz
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As a fully democratic and developed country, South Korea has realized its aspirations to become a major international player. Nonetheless, the persistent threat from North Korea, along with the challenge of having three of the world’s most powerful countries as neighbors, continues to constrain South Korea.

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Despite Saakashvili Prosecution, Georgia Moves West

By David Klion
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Last month, Georgian prosecutors filed charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili for misallocating public funds while in office. While Saakashvili is strongly identified with Georgia’s pro-Western foreign policy, the new government in Tbilisi has only intensified this policy. more

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Peace With the PKK High Priority for Erdogan Presidency

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In an email interview, Mehmet Ümit Necef, associate professor at the Centre for Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, discussed the prospect of peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) under the Erdogan presidency. more