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Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Somaliland, a country abandoned by the world

Few in the international community know about the democratic country that has often been described as ‘A rare African miracle.’ A special guest post about the history of Somaliland by Edna

Asia Pacific Politics

Military junta in Thailand undermines economic competitiveness

In Thailand, a military-appointed council has rejected a draft constitution and the election has been postponed to no sooner than July, 2017. An extension of the military regime means political instability will

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Women rise up in the Middle East

As the world focuses on the region’s violent geopolitical struggles, a quiet revolution is taking place. The women of the Middle East are making remarkable gains in politics and businesses.

Politics South and Central Asia

Modi Seeks Cooperative Federalism: Can it Work?

Modi has sought to reform the relationship between central and state governments by empowering states and curtailing centralized control. Despite this he faces opposition from various state leaders on matters

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola Enjoys Post-War FDI Boom

As Angola diversifies its economy, more countries – such as France – are reinforcing bilateral ties to exploit Luanda’s exceptional economic potential. But falling oil prices are undermining the Angolan

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia’s ruling party unlikely to reform amid economic growth

With next month’s election looming, the ruling party in Ethiopia will continue to retain power. As the country experiences massive economic growth, it also plays a crucial role in the

International Politics

Review of Julie Fisher’s Importing Democracy

While aware that more research is necessary to assess different contexts, Julie Fisher eloquently argues that democracy can be built best through NGOs and civil society rather than through military

International Politics

Book Review: Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty is a key book for understanding the building blocks of political risk analysis in the modern world, especially how politics

Asia Pacific Politics

Protests jeopardise Hong Kong’s leverage with Beijing

Hong Kong protestors demand that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying step down and for Beijing to allow free elections in 2017. Yet, volatile financial markets undermine some of the city’s leverage with Beijing.

Asia Pacific Politics

Unrest threatens Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s financial hub

Known for its capitalistic free economy advocating no barriers to trade and a low corporate tax rate, Hong Kong as entrepôt offers vital strategic importance to Beijing’s trade with the