Cambodia: ‘old-style politics in a new society’

     

For 30 years, Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge fighter, has wielded power through a combination of threats, clever deal-making and sheer willpower. And for most of that… Read more »

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Ten reasons Putinism is not sustainable

     

Columbia University analyst Mariya Snegovaya points to ten reasons why Putinism may not be nearly as “sustainable” as many think, Paul Goble writes for The Interpreter: Protest attitudes are growing… Read more »

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Venezuela: is a peaceful political transition possible?

     

Venezuela’s recently-elected assembly has approved a pardon for political prisoners. The move is the latest in the country’s “transition from authoritarianism to democracy,” said opposition MUD coalition leader Jesus Torrealba…. Read more »

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Governments can’t win war of words with ISIS

     

  Why is the West not winning the war of words with ISIS and reclaiming the virtual landscape in which radical Islamists openly recruit? asks Jonathan Russell, head of policy… Read more »

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Liberal world order may rest on five rising democracies

     

The world appears under siege from dark forces of violence, xenophobia, corruption, and conflict, writes Brookings analyst Ted Piccone. The latest reporting from watchdogs like Freedom House, Transparency International and… Read more »

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Militancy, Border Security, and Democracy in the Sahel

     

The permeability of borders, along with political vacuums and economic marginalization in the hinterlands, has transformed border communities in the Maghreb-Sahel into epicenters of identity-driven politics, militancy, violent conflict, and… Read more »

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Promoting Democracy in Central Asia and the Caucasus: How Have We Done?

     

  The Freedom Support Act of 1992 (Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act) made the “promotion of democracy” a main strategic priority of the US… Read more »

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