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Politics South and Central Asia

Complications Ahead for Afghanistan’s Election Reform

With the Afghan presidential election scheduled for April 2014, just three months after U.S. troops begin withdrawing from the Afghan combat mission, reforms to the previously highly flawed Afghan electoral

Security South and Central Asia

Afghanistan’s Opium has Regional Repercussions

Attempts to rid the Afghan economy of its reliance on opium production and smuggling have largely failed due to corruption and the lack of equally profitable alternatives. However, the opium

Security South and Central Asia

Air Base Closure Reshapes Kyrgyzstan-Russia Relations

Last week, Kyrgyzstan announced that it will not renew its agreement with the United States that allowed NATO to use the Manas Air Base as a transit center for military

Security South and Central Asia

Russia Prepares for NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan

While most NATO troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Russia worries about the subsequent consequences for the stability of the region. According to NATO officials,

International Security

Militarized Multinationals Fill the Gap in State Security

Guest blogger Christopher Jackson writes on how the decline in state security forces is leaving the private sector to provide its own security. Since the 1990s, Immanuel Kant’s perpetual peace thesis,

International Politics

10 Unexpected but Well-Governed Countries

Everyone knows that the Scandinavian countries have great welfare systems, low levels of corruption and highly responsive governments. Just as everyone knows that Singapore and Hong Kong have incredibly efficient

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Tensions with Iran prevent economic cooperation in Afghanistan

Western tensions with, and sanctions against, Iran prevent cooperation which could promote an economically stable Afghanistan. Several months ago, reports surfaced indicating that the United States was unknowingly buying mixed,

Economics South and Central Asia

Saving Afghanistan’s Economy: A daunting challenge

With NATO troops scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, questions remain on whether the country can support itself economically.  The fledgling democracy will still receive large aid