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Voters produce identity documents as they go through the voting process at a polling station in Maputo, Mozambique, Oct. 15, 2014 (AP photo by Ferhat Momade).
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Fraud Claims Mar Crucial Elections for Mozambique

By Maria Savel
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Mozambique held elections last Wednesday, but by Thursday the main opposition party Renamo had already rejected the early results, claiming there were incidents of ballot stuffing. Mozambicans are still waiting for the final results nearly a week later. more


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Turkey’s Regime Change Policy for Syria Finds Little Domestic Support

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Turkey recently announced that only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross the border to fight against the so-called Islamic State in the besieged town of Kobani. In an email interview, Sinan Ülgen, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, discussed domestic influences on Turkey’s Syria policy. more

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Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector

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Chad is currently in talks with the Chinese National Petroleum Company over oil-extraction licenses that were revoked due to environmental violations. In an email interview, Celeste Hicks, a freelance journalist specializing in Africa, discussed Chad’s oil sector. more

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Iraq’s Limited Air Power Constrains Ability to Fight Islamic State

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In an email interview, Rick Brennan, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and former senior adviser to the U.S. military in Iraq from 2006-2011, discussed the current air capabilities of the Iraqi military and its significance for both internal security and external defense. more