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The “Velvet Revolution” in Armenia: Cosmetic change or potential for democratic development?

On the 23rd of April, Armenian Prime Minister and ex-President Serzh Sargsyan unexpectedly resigned his post after almost two weeks of mass protests. People in the streets celebrated the change, but where will Armenia go from here?

Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 22-29 April 2018

Legislative elections in Gabon provide an opportunity to register discontent with the Bongo Regime. Faroe Islands Constitutional referendum could reshape relations with Denmark and EU. Brexit faces further delays in implementation. All in the Week Ahead.

Economics Latin America

Ratings upgrade puts pressure on next government to maintain Brazil’s economic recovery

Amidst political chaos and uncertainty, Brazil’s economy continues on its path to recovery receiving a vote of confidence by ratings agency Moody’s. There is hope Brazil will be able to continue the necessary economic reforms once a new President takes office next year.

Latin America Politics

Colombia presidential elections: the rise of right-wing candidate Iván Duque

Colombian presidential elections will be held on 27 May. Among its candidates, a new-born star is rising with the right-wing candidate Iván Duque, a strong opponent to the peace agreement.

Central America Politics

China’s strategic influence is growing in the Americas

At a time of reduced US influence, China’s economic and political ventures in Latin America will pay dividends.

International Security

How R2P impedes global governance

Despite the UN’s many member states that have attempted to redress R2P, the principle is still not included in the general assembly’s 2018 agenda and causes more controversy than benefit.

Europe Middle East/North Africa Politics

The not-so-uncertain future of British-Iranian relations

In August 2015, after four years of closure, the British Embassy in Tehran reopened its doors. As Ambassador to the Islamic Republic, Nicholas Hopton, is a seasoned diplomat familiar with the Gulf region with previous experience serving as Ambassador to Qatar.

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India, France, and their new security agreements

Regional power struggles and maritime security are at the heart of new security agreements between France and India. India is especially worried about being geopolitically isolated by China, and is seeking to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean.

Asia Pacific Politics

MD3 bill likely to increase political risk in Indonesia

Indonesia’s parliament recently passed a controversial legislative amendment that bans public criticism of the government. The law, known as MD3, highlights a growing problem with the lack of accountability for Indonesian politicians.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Trade agreement holds key economic, security benefits for Tunisia and the EU

Tunisia and the EU are negotiating an extension of the existing free trade agreement. The agreement would, if prudently negotiated, offer benefits for both sides of the Mediterranean and could help strengthening political ties. But first, two fiddly subjects remain for the negotiators: services and agricultural goods.