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    Growing pains: Strengthening governance in South Africa’s maturing democracy

    In recent years, South African politics have been characterised by corruption scandals, poor service delivery, and a population disillusioned by the socioeconomic benefits democracy has offered thus far. With the country facing a pressing need to pivot from its trajectory, Zaynab Hoosen explores key actions necessary for the new administration to strengthen… 

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    Campus crackdowns: Student groups take a stand

    On 18 April, a police crackdown on student protests at Columbia University in New York kickstarted a wave of demonstrations on campuses across the world calling on universities to sever their ties with Israel amid the Israel-Palestine conflict. The demonstrations have drawn comparisons to protest campaigns in the previous century, which may offer some… 

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    Forgotten but not forgiven: Political (in)stability in Israel

    Iran’s attack on Israel in mid-April has strengthened the political position of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu domestically. Tamsin Hunt considers how this development has provided a temporary distraction from deep-seated public grievances that have long driven large-scale anti-government protests in the country.

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    Beyond Borders: The expanding threat of Islamic State Khorasan Province

    Islamic State Khorasan Province’s recent attack on Crocus City Hall in Moscow Oblast has catapulted the group into international headlines. Today, it seems the group’s increasingly expansive attacks are not only a concern for Central and South Asian countries but have also put Western countries on alert, writes Saif Islam.

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    Detained: Venezuela’s government poised to arrest dissenters

    Ahead of elections in July 2024, Venezuela has recorded the continued use of politically motivated arrests and detentions targeting those challenging Nicolás Maduro’s leadership. Shannon Lorimer explores wrongful detention trends over the course of Maduro’s presidency and considers its ongoing use as a tool to silence government critics after the vote.… 

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    Muzzling the media in Ethiopia's conflict zones

    The recent arrest of French journalist Antoine Galindo has once again put an international spotlight on the state of press freedom in Ethiopia. With armed conflicts and political tensions persisting in the country, the threat of wrongful detention against journalists is on the rise, writes Zaynab Hoosen.

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    Lords of war: Profiling the gangs bringing Haiti to its knees

    Escalating gang violence in Haiti has rendered the Caribbean nation a failed state, with few immediate prospects for a route out of anarchy. Armed criminal gangs now number in their hundreds; here, Markus Korhonen profiles the most significant of them.

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    Troubled waters: Somali pirates make a return

    Since November 2023, there has been a spate of pirate attacks off the Somali coast. Richard Gardiner discusses the factors behind these recent incidents and argues that while these developments are concerning, we are unlikely to see a return to the levels of Somali piracy experienced over a decade ago.

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    More than meets the eye: Venezuela’s commitment to a diplomatic resolution with Guyana

    While Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has committed to avoid the use of force to resolve his country’s claim to Guyana’s oil-rich Essequibo region, the expanded military presence along the border has raised concerns that there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to Venezuela’s approach to negotiations. Shannon Lorimer discusses how likely… 

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    Beyond the ballot box: Senegal at a crossroads

    Longstanding political tensions and socio-economic grievances in the country are unlikely to be resolved swiftly despite election promises. These factors could instigate more unrest in the future regardless of the government of the day, writes Zaynab Hoosen. *