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Reforms in Armenia: the challenges ahead

By Armen Grigoryan / 18 April, 2019

Formed in the aftermath of the revolution in early 2018, the current Armenian cabinet enjoys a high level of public approval. However, a series of political and economic factors constitute potential impediments for the economic reform and development possibilities. Internal weakness, micromanagement and dependence on Russia are amongst them. Prime...

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War in Libya: the battle for Tripoli and Europe’s responsibility

By Vassilis Ntousas / 17 April, 2019

General Khalifa Haftar’s push to seize Tripoli by force brings Libya to the brink of war again. The EU needs to get its act together and use its undeniable leverage in the country to prevent a full-blown war and set the bases for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Since...

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Mueller reveals US and Europe have a Russia problem

By Max Bergmann / 8 April, 2019

While America and the world wait for the Mueller report, it is clear that Russia has launched an attack on the West. It’s time that allies start treating it that way. America is currently in the dark about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the one conclusion...

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Mueller’s report: why it’s not over

By Robert Kuttner / 8 April, 2019

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally sent his report to the Justice Department with no finding of collusion between Trump and the Russian government and no recommendation on whether Trump had obstructed justice, there was a huge sense of let-down among Trump critics and a sense of vindication at the...

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Foreign and security policy increasingly important in the Indian elections

By Klaus Voll / 21 March, 2019

In the run-up to the elections in India, the domestic landscape has dramatically changed in the wake of the recent terror attack in Kashmir, the Indian Air Force strike in Pakistan as well as the Pakistani response. It is expected that foreign and security policy will have decisive repercussions on...

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China’s influence on the elections in India

By Srikanth Kondapalli / 21 March, 2019

As economic ties between India and China are growing closer, a link between business influence, political parties and electoral funding appears in India. The ‘China factor’ is becoming increasingly important in the country’s political context.   India, with its over 800 million eligible voters, is heading for general elections in...

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India and its neighbours – tensions in the election campaign

By Joyce Sabina Lobo / 21 March, 2019

India’s relations with its South Asian neighbours don’t make or break fortunes of political parties during Indian elections. Domestic politics occupy the vast space of debate and electoral battles. However, through issues like territory, illegal migration and terrorism, a certain number of neighbouring countries are present in the campaign.  ...

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India: what divides Modi’s BJP and Gandhi’s Congress?

By Klaus Voll / 18 March, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP has advocated for an “India without Congress” and will do everything to retain its power. Can the Congress party, linked to to the Gandhi family, bounce back from its all-time low in the April general elections? India will experience a most bitter campaign, defining the...

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Is India changing? Politics and jobs ahead of the 2019 general elections

By Sabina Dewan / 15 March, 2019

Indians are optimistic. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2017 Global Attitudes Survey, three out of four Indians believe that “when children today in India grow up, they will be better off financially than their parents.” Much of this optimism is linked to the world’s largest democracy enjoying 7 percent...


Indian democracy in danger – open and hidden dimensions of the upcoming elections

By Prem Shankar Jha / 14 March, 2019

Between April and May, Indians will vote for a new parliament. It will be India’s 17th general election in 67 years of independance, and not a single time has the verdict been challenged or the integrity of the electoral system been questioned. On the surface Indian democracy could not be...

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