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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


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Modi’s BJP Seeks Inroads in Kashmir Elections

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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

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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

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The Costly F-35 Program, or How Not to Build a Warplane

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Canada may scale back its purchase of F-35 fighter jets citing rising cost, according to a government report released last week. In an email interview, David Axe, editor of War is Boring, discusses the current status of the F-35 program. more

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Taiwan’s Local Elections Likely to Have Regional Impact

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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

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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

Energy Trumps Politics in Turkey-Russia Relationship

By Maria Savel
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Last week in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he is scrapping the South Stream pipeline project to bring Russian gas to Southern Europe. Russian attention is shifting to a new pipeline to Turkey, turning the country into a crucial Russian partner and a major international energy hub.

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