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Asia Pacific Politics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Papua New Guinea gripped by nationwide civil disobedience

The government of Peter O’Neill is besieged by a wave of civil disobedience, as calls for his resignation have destabilized the country.

Europe Politics

France desperately needs labour reform, unions disagree

Government labour market reform has triggered a nationwide wave of protests in France that underscores soaring tensions within French society.

Europe Politics

Macedonia facing an uncertain future

President Ivanov’s suspension of investigations of wire-tapping scandals increases the risk of political instability in Macedonia, which is already troubled by the migrant crisis.

Asia Pacific Politics

The decline of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong

January has seen a series of student protests throughout Hong Kong, driven by concerns over Beijing’s growing influence in Hong Kong’s domestic affairs. These political developments create several risks for

Economics Latin America

Carnival cancellation highlights Brazil’s woes

Following the unwelcome news that Brazil is cancelling its popular carnival, GRI takes a look at what the Brazilian people can expect for their country in 2016 and what changes

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Algeria’s austerity bill sparks protests

Last week Algeria’s ruling party introduced a new finance bill with austerity measures sparking strong protests from opposition parties. This comes just before a crucial time for the ruling party,

North America Politics

Do President Nieto’s Supreme Court nominees put judicial autonomy at risk?

President Peña Nieto’s two recent Supreme Court appointees cast doubts over the political will to maintain the independence of Mexico’s highest court. The independence of the judiciary is of paramount

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Crackdown on protests in Africa threatens investment

Civil unrest, its suppression, and the technology that fuels it all may affect investment in Africa. As documented in a new book called Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change, Africa

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo hangs on President Kabila’s next move

Will Kabila choose democracy and peace, or power and potential violence? Further instability could spell ruin for the DRC economy.  President Joseph Kabila’s options for the 2016 presidential elections in

Politics South and Central Asia

Is Kazakhstan’s economic growth enough?

Despite the economic growth seen over the past few years, culminating in the 2017 Expo, Kazakhstan still has a long way to go before it can be thought of as