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2015: A critical year for democracy in West Africa
Elections in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso will be critical for democracy in West Africa this year. Due to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, nearly a million displaced people and refugees might not be able to vote. In Togo, disagreement between the ruling party and the opposition about a political reform limiting the number of presidential terms challenges the legitimacy of re-electing the current president. In Benin, this year’s local and legislative elections will be subject to all parties’ acceptance of the definitive electoral list. In Côte d’Ivoire, there are political tensions in relation to the electoral framework. In their recent news story, the Institute for Security Studies highlights that 2015 will be a turbulent year with many challenges for consolidating democracy in West Africa.

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Cambodia: maritime security challenges and priorities
C Vannarith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
Cambodia’s sea is relatively peaceful. However, it can be to a potential shelter for terrorists, illegal smugglers, pirates, and environmental pollution due to the lack of the capacity to effectively oversee and manage its marit...
Cambodia: security challenges and implications for defense policy
C Sotharith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
Cambodia is experienced in dealing with disasters due to a protracted war lasting about three decades, marked principally by the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge and international isolation. Fortunately, as a result of the Paris ...
East Asian community building: challenges and future prospects
C Chanborey / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
The concept of East Asian community building is not a new idea, coming out of the blue. It is, actually, a development that is based on the previous initiative and the on-going regional cooperation frameworks, namely the East Asia Eco...
Is ASEAN relevant to the political need of its members?
L Thearith / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
One may come up with a question why democratization is necessary for the survival of ASEAN. There are two main reasons for the democratization of ASEAN: geopolitics and regionalism. Based on the geopolitical factor, if ASEAN is not de...
Thai-Cambodia relations: current challenges and future prospects
M Larsson / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
When analyzing Cambodian current state security in relation to its Thai neighbor, one will unavoidably focus on the current and ongoing conflict at the border of the Preah Vihear temple, where military aggression from both parties hav...
Assessment of Cambodia-US relations 2009-2010
S An / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
Although Cambodia and the United States (US) experiences have been mixed in the past 60 years, several recent events in the last two years signify improved relations. They include deletion of Cambodia from trade ban list, joint milita...
Puzzling over the pieces: regional integration and the African Peer Review Mechanism
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Regional integration has long been recognised as an important vehicle for Africa’s development; currently, the African Union (AU) officially intends achieving a continent-wide common market by 2023 and a currency union by 2018. ...
Ethnic identity, informal institutions, and the failure to elect women in indigenous Southern Mexico
M.S. Danielson; T.A. Eisenstadt; J. Yelle 2013
This article argues that the low levels of descriptive representation of women in local political office in Mexico and Latin America is much more than a problem of the purported patriarchal cultures of indigenous and rural communities...
Violating rights and threatening lives: the Camisea Gas Project and indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation
C. Feather / Forest Peoples Programme, 2014
This report highlights the existing impacts of the Camisea gas project in the south-east Peruvian Amazon on indigenous peoples living in ‘voluntary isolation’ (‘isolated peoples’) in the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti ...
Cambodia’s border with engagement from power countries
S Sok / Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, 2011
The Paris Peace Accord of 1991 ended the war of more than twenty years long and disruption in Cambodia. The United Nations Transitional Authority for Cambodia (UNTAC) managed the transition period from 1991 until the national election...
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