Angolans enjoy a holiday at the beach in front of the capital skyline, marked by new construction, Luanda, Angola, March 8, 2010 (photo by Flickr user mp3ief, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).
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Dwindling Assets: Oil, Inequality and Angola’s Emerging Fault Lines

Since the end of its civil war, Angola has made great progress, but now confronts an economic crisis driven by falling oil prices and exacerbated by staggering inequality. Meanwhile, the ruling party faces a determined opposition and an internal battle over who will succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
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A man holds a framed image of the late President Hugo Chavez during a pro-government rally ahead of the two-year anniversary of his death, Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).
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Chavismo After Chavez: Venezuela in the Maduro Era

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Two years after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela finds itself mired in crisis. A drop in energy prices has devastated an already weak economy, while a crackdown on civil society has stifled the political opposition. This report draws on articles covering Venezuela from the outset of President Nicolas Maduro’s tenure.
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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa waves to supporters during a rally in Banos, Ecuador, April 13, 2007 (AP photo by Dolores Ochoa).
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Populist Playbook: The Slow Death of Democracy in Correa’s Ecuador

By Carlos de la Torre
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Rafael Correa, a left-leaning academic turned populist politician, has governed Ecuador since 2007. Correa brought stability to one of the most unruly nations of the Americas. But in regulating the public sphere and stifling privately owned media, he has overseen a slide to soft authoritarianism.
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A Buddhist monk and a woman walk past a line of Thai soldiers guarding the Victory Monument to prevent anti-coup demonstrations, Bangkok, Thailand, May 30, 2014 (AP photo by Wason Wanichakorn).
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A Study in Contrasts: Governance and Security in Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia confronts a diverse range of challenges, from the need for reform in Indonesia to the erosion of democracy in Thailand. Some countries in the region are battling insurgencies at home, while others attempt to counter China’s rising influence abroad. This report draws on articles covering the region over the past year.
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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil dancers from Northern Province perform during Independence Day celebrations, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 4, 2015 (AP photo by Eranga Jayawardena).
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Moment of Truth: Sri Lanka’s Chance for Reconciliation

By Charu Lata Hogg
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Editor’s note: It came to our attention after this report was published that it contained several passages closely resembling or directly duplicating previously published work by other authors, as well as previously published work by the author. After initially amending the report to include the missing attributions, we subsequently decided to remove the article. WPR regrets the error, and we apologize to the authors concerned and our readers.
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Indian paramilitary soldiers march during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Manish Swarup).
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Back in Business: Modi’s Fresh Start for India

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When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP decisively won last year’s elections, many were worried about the potential for interreligious tensions. But so far, Modi has allayed those concerns while bringing a new dynamism to India’s foreign policy, as the articles in this report make clear.
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Skyline of Amman, Jordan, Nov. 22, 2013 (photo by Flickr user mahmoodphoto licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
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Oasis or Mirage? Jordan’s Unlikely Stability in a Changing Middle East

By Curtis R. Ryan
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The uprisings beginning in 2010, known as the Arab Spring, shook the Middle East to its foundations. Yet Jordan appeared to be a virtual oasis of calm in the midst of turmoil. In a volatile neighborhood, Jordanian stability remains nothing short of remarkable. But is Jordan an oasis or a mirage?
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Construction workers speculate what Cuba’s President Raul Castro will announce in an upcoming live, nationally broadcast speech in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 17, 2014 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).
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Getting to Yes: Cuba’s Slow Path to Reform

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The announcement that the U.S. will normalize relations with Cuba came as a surprise, but Cuba’s opening has been years in the making. This report includes WPR’s coverage of the island nation going back to 2007, tracing the post-Fidel transition and Raul Castro’s slow but steady reforms.
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech during a ceremony to mark the 57th anniversary of the 1956 uprising in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/MTI, Tibor Illyes).
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Illiberal Democracy: How Hungary’s Orban Is Testing Europe

By Andrew MacDowall
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Recently a country that is both a NATO ally and a member of the European Union has come under fire for rejecting core Western values: Hungary. What has gone wrong? Most of Hungary’s growing band of international critics lay the blame squarely at the door of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Astrakhan, Russia, Sept. 29, 2014 (Photo from the website of the Russian president).
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Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era

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Hassan Rouhani assumed the presidency of Iran last year amid great expectations for reform at home and renewed engagement abroad. From nuclear negotiations to the crises in Iraq and Syria, Rouhani’s term has so far been a mixed bag, offering hope but not yet transformation, as the articles in this report show.
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