The war in Sudan has passed the five-month mark, and peace efforts seem to have plateaued. Breaking down Sudan‚Äôs political system and transition since 2019, Hager Ali explains how defective interim governance enabled the violent power struggle between the country‚Äôs largest armed forces. She argues that past political systems could still undermine present peace efforts […] Read more
Observers were quick to call the events on 8 January in Brazil a coup attempt. But Jonathan Powell and Salah Ben Hammou caution against conflating coup advocacy with coup attempts. Authoritarianism scholars should also note that usage of the term 'coup' has historically varied Read more
A military coup on 25 October put an abrupt end to Sudan‚Äôs fragile democratic transition. Hager Ali argues that although the coup pre-empted a foreseeable power-transfer, the military also created a much bigger problem for itself. The same socio-political conditions that kept al-Bashir in power for decades now threaten the military‚Äôs capacity to govern Read more
In recent years, Turkish foreign policy has oscillated between traditional alignments with the West, and a new Eastern orientation. Partnerships with Russia and China are becoming increasingly important, write Ziya √ĖniŇü and Mustafa Kutlay. Yet Turkey must be firmly anchored to the club of democratic states to regain its benign regional and global role Read more
The regional dimension of international relations is more significant today than ever before, argues MńÉdńÉlin-CńÉtńÉlin Blidaru. In the current crisis, regional cooperation and institutionalised regional organisations are delivering important solutions. The network of external relations being developed by regional organisations takes us beyond a state-centred world Read more
Only a few months remain before elections in Libya. But Western policymakers are focusing on election preparations and the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries, to the neglect of other pressing matters. Hager Ali argues that unless Libya tackles its political and military problems, elections may prove little more than a sticking plaster on a bullet wound Read more
What does the recent military coup tell us about the prospects for Myanmar‚Äôs regime? Stefano Ruzza argues that while the country's semi-democracy is not dead, it is unlikely ever to escape occasional authoritarian interventions Read more
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