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Nepal's incumbent Maoist party was crushed in the country's recent elections. With their backs against the wall, the Maoists may decide that sowing instability is the only way to keep their agenda alive. And that could undo all the progress that Nepal has made in recent years.
Global power brokers once dismissed Greenland as a white blot on the world map. No longer: Investors from Australia to Canada to China are flocking to the island in the next great contest for mineral riches. Large-scale mining, however, will not be without risks.
After months of protests over the results Malaysia's contentious election last May, the revolutionary spirit has largely died. Here's why -- and why the calm might not last.
On both sides of the border between Sudan and South Sudan, rebels and minority groups insist that the demarcation is in the wrong place. Mediators have insisted that the new line become a soft border, one that gives freedom of movement, trade, residence, farming, and grazing to all. That idea is appealing, but making it work will require much more agility than Khartoum and Juba have yet shown.
The shifting focus on Niger as a Western partner for counterterrorism should not blind the European Union, France, and the United States to the West African nation's governance and reform deficits. Internal militant unrest, trafficking and other criminal enterprises, and weak, corrupt rule all threaten Niger’s tenuous stability.
The Cambodian national election this Sunday will almost certainly propel the country’s sitting prime minister, the 61-year-old Hun Sen, into his fourth decade of rule. Washington's recent push to cast Hun Sen in the role of regional pariah is counterproductive, undermining both the wider aims of its pivot to Asia and any chance of nudging Cambodia in a more democratic direction.
Amid massive protests, many leading Egyptian opposition figures view the military as the only hope to force President Morsi from office. Not all activists agree.
The main difference between 2011 and 2013: In 2011, there was hope that the standoff would end in a way that allows Egyptian politics to become normal. In 2013, that seems less likely.
Bahrain's government responded to national protests by portraying itself as the victim of a Shia revolt. In reality, that is precisely what the government has always wanted the uprising to become.
The upcoming presidential election in Chile will test whether the country's middle-class majority will continue to support a government that has brought economic benefits through a dynamic free market and private enterprise system, or will instead turn to a more socialist and populist program.
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