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Women talk next to Greek flags for sale in Syntagma square, Feb. 16, 2015 (AP photo by Petros Giannakouris).

IMF Stands Firm, Forcing Greece and Syriza to Accept Hard Concessions

By Maria Savel
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After Greece received a four-month extension of its $277 billion bailout program, there are signs that the International Monetary Fund’s hard line on reform and monitoring will push Greece’s radical left government, led by the Syriza party, to the center in order to reach a comprehensive deal. more


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Myanmar Fighting Imperils Broader Peace Efforts With Ethnic Rebels

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Ongoing clashes in Myanmar between ethnic Kokang rebels and government forces near the Chinese border have so far left over 160 dead. In an email interview, Jasmin Lorch, a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, discussed ethnic rebels in Myanmar. more

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Opposition Upset in St. Kitts and Nevis Unlikely to Make Waves

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Last week, the opposition Team Unity coalition ousted the Labour party in St. Kitts and Nevis’ parliamentary election after 20 years in power. In an interview, Wouter Veenendaal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, discussed domestic politics in St. Kitts and Nevis. more

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Maduro Gets More Desperate Amid Venezuela’s Disarray

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stepped up his crackdown on his political opponents with the arrest last week of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, on trumped-up charges of plotting a coup. Maduro has only grown more desperate as state coffers empty and an economic crisis deepens. more

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Despite Orderly Transition, Questions Remain for East Timor

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Xanana Gusmao stepped down as East Timor’s prime minister earlier this month, leaving the post to opposition leader Rui Araujo. In an interview, Gordon Peake, a research fellow at Australia National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, discussed East Timor’s political transition. more