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Asia Pacific Politics

Abe’s Yasakuni trip was a successful political gamble

The visit of Japanese prime minister Abe to the Yasakuni Shrine fueled tensions between Japan and its neighbors, drawing harsh rebuke for the glorification of militarism and a lack of

Asia Pacific Politics

Is 60 years of civil war coming to an end in Myanmar?

Myanmar President Thein Sein aims to silence the guns of the civil war that devastates the country’s economic potential. However, until the military is under government control, such hopes seem

Politics South and Central Asia

Georgia’s growth suffers under political rivalry

One year after the victory of the Georgian Dream coalition in parliamentary elections, the political rivalry between the former ruling party United National Movement and the Georgian Dream continues to

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

South Sudan crisis far beyond a power struggle

On December 15, around 10 PM, heavy gun fire clashes between the South Sudanese presidential guards were reported in the capital Juba. The national TV went off air, and the

Asia Pacific Politics

Has Thailand lost faith in its democracy?

Thailand has experienced a surge of anti-government protests that could ultimately threaten the country’s democratic system. In a region characterized by autocratic and repressive governments, Thailand has been a rare

Politics South and Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s business community torn by elite turf war

Uzbek businesses find themselves caught in the crossfire of an ongoing feud among the Central Asian republic’s ruling elite. Intrigue has rapidly developed as the health of Islam Karimov, the

Asia Pacific Politics

Will demographics cause China to slow down?

Since the Third Plenum, China has been preoccupied with ongoing changes to its demographics. As much of Asia’s miracle growth has been attributed to demographics, changes to the composition of

Politics South and Central Asia

Alleged corruption scandal stirs Turkish political scene

The corruption probe that implicated high level bureaucrats, sons of three ministers and businessmen known to be close to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) sent shock waves through the

Latin America Politics

GRI Person of the year in political risk: President Pena Nieto

In one year Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has overhauled key branches of Mexico’s economy such as energy and telecommunications, while also working to increase government revenue. He has enacted

Politics South and Central Asia

5 key takeaways from state elections in India

On December 8, 2013 citizens of India voted in state elections in five states: Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram. Here are 5 insights into what elections might mean.