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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 21, 2014 (AP photo by Dita Alangkara).
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Corruption Concerns Delay Cabinet Picks for Indonesia’s New President

By Maria Savel
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Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was sworn in Monday. However, he has yet to announce his Cabinet since Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission vetoed eight of his 43 nominations owing to their alleged involvement in graft cases and human rights violations. 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