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In a surprise move, clearly aimed at bolstering his own personal power and security, President Vladimir Putin has announced the formation of a Russian National Guard. The new entity is to be created within the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and its mandate will be to fight terrorism and organized crime. This, however, is a mere facade. ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
El Salvador is Central America’s most densely populated country. With six million people and a gross domestic product of $25 billion, its per capita GDP is $4,100 – not bad for a country generally considered poor by international standards. In the region, only Costa Rica does much better. El Salvador’s potential for further development is strong, but it is being he...
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Vladimir Putin has reduced Russia’s previously active opposition to sullen defiance, but many observers believe the country is entering a period of stagnation under the former ‘macho man’, now 60 years old. If he becomes a ‘lame duck’ president and hangs on to office until 2018, the outlook for Russia’s economy is bleak.
Greece’s coalition government is fighting to produce spending cuts acceptable to Europe’s Troika. But its austerity package is leading to social unrest and political confrontation with the judiciary, the police and the armed forces and support for the extreme right wing Golden Dawn.
SOCIAL unrest and political confrontati...
The violent crackdown on protestors that took place on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president has not yet been repeated. In the second in the series on Mr Putin’s return to the Kremlin and the new geopolitical landscape in Russia, we examine whether the Russian authorities’ alternate tactics of intimidation and harassment will work in the long term....