BRICS Still Have a Long Way to Go From Grouping to Alliance

Ever since the BRICS grouping was coined in 2001, its members have been trying to transform their snappy acronym into a global player. And nobody has promoted that ambition more enthusiastically than Vladimir Putin. The problem is that not all BRICS members share his antipathy toward the West.

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Global Insider

Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

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China is in negotiations with Djibouti to open a military base in the country, adding to its current roster of French, U.S., Japanese and EU military facilities. In an interview, David Styan, lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, discussed Djibouti’s foreign relations. more

Global Insider

Senegal Troop Deployment to Saudi Arabia Symbol of Close Ties

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Earlier this month, Senegal’s foreign minister announced that the country was sending 2,100 troops to Saudi Arabia to participate in the coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. In an interview, Alex Thurston, a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University, discussed Senegal-Saudi ties. more

Global Dispatches Podcast

Burundi on a Knife’s Edge

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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.

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Morsi Sentence Latest Sign of Politicized Justice in Egypt

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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

Special Report

No Limits: Africa’s Presidents for Life

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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

In Context

Guinea Protests Unlikely to Advance Opposition Cause

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For over two weeks, Guinea’s opposition has taken to the streets to protest the government’s decision to hold presidential elections Oct. 11, violating a 2013 agreement to hold local elections first. But protests are unlikely to sway the government and could turn public option against the opposition. more