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Turkey's Syria Spillover Problem Turkey's Syria Spillover Problem
Why the War Across the Border Will Shake Up Domestic Politics
By Michael J. Koplow

To listen to officials from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and read Turkey’s pro-government press is to dive into a happy place in which Turkey has never been better. It is a democratic beacon shining its light on the rest of the Middle East, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is leading the charge to consolidate Turkish democracy and create a new regional order, the Turkish economy is humming along despite villainous credit rating agencies’ efforts to destroy it, and Turks of all stripes are united behind their government’s various initiatives. The official view from Ankara is sunny indeed -- yet the clouds massing on the country’s border presage a...

 
 
Undermined Undermined
The Case Against International Arbitration Tribunals
By Lauren Carasik

When a mining company first began exploring for gold in Cabañas, a northern province of El Salvador, in 2002, locals were enticed by the promise of jobs and an infusion of cash. El Salvador, still struggling with the twin legacies of civil war and neocolonialism, needed economic development to build up civil society institutions, bolster democracy, and lift its people out of...

 
 
A Revolution in Green A Revolution in Green
The Rise of Venezuela's Military
By Peter Wilson

Early this September, during a shakeup of his cabinet, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro made a surprising pick. Rodolfo Marco Torres, his nominee for vice president for the economy,  was a former brigadier general in Venezuela’s army. He had first stepped into politics as head of a state bank in 2005 and had been rising through the civilian ranks since then. Earlier this year, he became minister of finance, and then he made history this past June as the first military officer to join the central bank’s board of directors. Now, after only eight months in the minister’s chair, he will take charge of Venezuela’s battered economy. Torres is not alone. He is among tens, if not hundreds, of former army officers who have secured high government posts over the past two decades thanks to their loyalty to the late President Hugo Chávez, and his successor, Maduro. These days, the Venezuelan state’s every move bears the army’s fingerprints. With these postings, Maduro seeks to shore up his rule, but many fear that he will lead the country down an uncomfortable and unhealthy path.  MILITARY...

 
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