Russian Presidential Election

Putin Redux
Saradzhyan & Abdullaev

Despite protests over alleged vote-rigging, Vladimir Putin is firmly on track to reclaim the Russian presidency in May. But while Putin is poised to return to the office he vacated in 2008, the country he plans to govern is no longer the same.

Myanmar Reforms

OPINION: Burma, Myanmar, Time to Move
James Clad

Every now and then, the complex tumblers of a slot machine momentarily align, changing things forever. In the long deadlock the US calls ‘Burma’ (but which the ruling regime and most of the world calls ‘Myanmar’), the tumblers have aligned for the first time in decades.

Timoshenko arrest and Ukraine-EU negotiations

Timoshenko’s Arrest Threatens EU Partnership
Kavita Bapat

August 5th marked former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko’s third arrest since June. Mrs. Timoshenko has been charged for allegedly signing an illegal gas deal with Russia in 2009 when she was in office.  Allegations that the arrests are politically motivated could threaten the country's status with the EU.

US and Taliban interests and motivations

Taliban Talks? Think Again
Zachary Fillingham

It seems that Afghan and NATO authorities are once more seeking a dialogue with the Taliban- even after last year’s debacle of being fooled by a ‘very clever’ Pakistani shopkeeper pretending to be a Taliban official. Though the situation on the ground has changed, the question remains the same: does the Taliban have anything to gain from entering into talks?

ICC Selectivity in Libyan prosecutions

OPINION: ICC, Imperialist Crime Cover-Up
Diana Johnstone

Last May 16, Luis Moreno Ocampo, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, officially sought an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammer Kadhafi for “crimes against humanity”. Also accused were the leader’s son Seif al-Islam Kadhafi and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi.


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