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  • Turkey: On the Road to a Presidential System

    Turkey: On the Road to a Presidential System

    The Turkish parliament has adopted a constitutional reform package that introduces a presidential system. The amendments not only impair parliament’s role but also weaken the judiciary’s independence. To enter into force, the reform package...

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  • What Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s new foreign minister, brings to the Global Affairs file

    What Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s new foreign minister, brings to the Global Affairs file

    The former journalist, who found success with CETA as trade minister and is barred from Russia, replaced Stéphane Dion this week. Here are five things to know about her. A cabinet shuffle within the Trudeau government on Tuesday saw a...

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  • Fall of Aleppo: Challenges Persist

    Fall of Aleppo: Challenges Persist

    After years of rebel control in the ongoing Syrian civil war, the city of Aleppo fell under the full control of the Syrian army and pro-Government allied forces on December 13, 2016, thus marking a turning point in this protracted civil war. In...

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  • The Russian Federation’s New Foreign Policy Concept

    The Russian Federation’s New Foreign Policy Concept

    On 30 November 2016, President Vladimir Putin signed a new Russian Foreign Policy Concept. In the document, Russia states its aspirations to pursue an active policy in the field of international security (especially in the Middle East). One of...

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  • A Blow to South Africa’s Soft Power: Leaving the ICC

    A Blow to South Africa’s Soft Power: Leaving the ICC

    South Africans woke up on the morning of 21 October 2016 to the shocking announcement that the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana Mashabane, had submitted an instrument of withdrawal from the Rome Statute to the UN...

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  • The International Dimension of the Fight for Aleppo

    The International Dimension of the Fight for Aleppo

    The offensive by Bashar al-Assad’s military, supported by Russian troops, on Aleppo—Syria’s largest city—might be successful. This large-scale operation was facilitated by the improved relations between Russia and Turkey and because the United...

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  • The World Needs a More Equitable Refugee System

    The World Needs a More Equitable Refugee System

    This week, world leaders converge in New York for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). One of the major topics on the agenda is how the world can do a better job addressing mass movements of refugees and...

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  • Armed Forces and Democratisation in Myanmar

    Armed Forces and Democratisation in Myanmar

    Even after the November 2015 landslide electoral victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy the armed forces of Myanmar (Burma) continue to be the country’s most powerful political institution. This is hardly surprising. The...

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  • France on the UK’s Post-Brexit Relationship with the EU

    France on the UK’s Post-Brexit Relationship with the EU

    France will try to use the situation following the result of the British referendum on exiting the EU to deepen integration in the sphere of EU Common Security and Defence Policy. The French government is also trying to attract international...

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  • Moving Forward: Brazil After Rousseff

    Moving Forward: Brazil After Rousseff

    Brazil closed one significant chapter in its political history when President Dilma Rousseff was formally removed from office by a Senate vote of 61 in favour and 20 opposed. More than 13 years of leadership by Brazil’s Workers Party (PT) was...

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