Daniel Bodirsky - Aug 08, 12
On July 7th 2012, Libya held its first election of the post-Gaddafi era. This historic event saw the moderate National Forces Alliance emerge as a surprise winner over the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. Many have been quick to trumpet the success of Mahmoud Jibril’s broad coalition as a secular victory over regional Islamist forces, though the reality is far more complex.
Georgiy Voloshin - Aug 06, 12
Leading up to 2014, Washington will be looking for ways to boost its long-term military presence in Central Asia. Is Tajikstan the answer, or will closer US-Tajik ties merely serve to further destabilize the region?
Elena Mizrokhi - Jul 30, 12
Pakistan has touted its alliance with “all-weather friend” Beijing in the wake of its recent falling out with Washington, a dispute that culminated in the suspension of military aid worth $800 million USD. However, Beijing does not appear interested in replacing the US as financier or guarantor of Pakistan’s security. In fact, the threat of Uighur terrorism has become a stumbling block in the partnership.
Zachary Fillingham - Jul 25, 12
The go-to media narrative of the fall of Bo Xilai declares that it’s the most important political event to occur China since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. That may well be true, but there is more to be gleaned from the story than one man’s fall from grace.
Patrick Johnson - Jul 18, 12
Since the constitutional crisis and coup of 2009, Honduras has inhabited international headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s possible that this is about to change.
Chris Ljungquist - Jul 16, 12
As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, Argentina and the United Kingdom are locked in an intense war of words, looming legal disputes, potential economic hostilities, and a bitter public relations fight—all this over the unsettled sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, a tiny archipelago in the South Atlantic inhabited by 3,000 people.
Zachary Fillingham - Jul 13, 12
With help from the European Commission, Lithuania is casting off its Soviet-era dependence on Moscow and looking towards the EU for its future energy security.
Zak Rose - Jul 09, 12
The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Zak Rose examines the history of Latin American regionalism and asks the question of whether or not economic and political integration in Latin America will be put on permanent hiatus in the wake of the ongoing crisis in the EU.
Zachary Fillingham - Jul 06, 12
Fresh off the publication of a damning UN report that implicates the government of Rwanda in assisting M23 rebels in the eastern DRC, Western observers are lining up to rain criticism down on Kigali. But what would motivate this diminutive yet formidable African country to risk its donor lifeline by extending support to a group led by an ICC-indicted war criminal? The answer is as simple as it is predictable: state security.
Zachary Fillingham - Jul 04, 12
The world of today has no shortage of failed examples of top-down institution building, but that’s not to say that pulling a failed state back from the brink is an impossible feat. Just ask Georgia, the ex-Soviet republic that has been quietly writing its own success story far outside the notice of international headlines.