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13 April 2015

Hillary’s candidacy and India

Hillary Clinton finally announced her second bid to be the democratic candidate for the November 2016 presidential election on April 12. Despite her landmark achievements, there are a number of controversial issues from her time as senator, the first lady and as Secretary of State, that will be raised in the coming months

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25 March 2015

Nigeria: a precarious election

The upcoming Nigerian elections is set to be a defining one for the country. Rampant corruption and the terrorist threat from Boko Haram have dampened the economic and social climate. The world is watching keenly as for the first time in a decade it is unclear which party will emerge victorious

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2 March 2015

An Indian democracy template for SAARC?

Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to SAARC countries from March 1 is an opportunity to examine the political trajectories in the region. While democracy in some countries like Sri Lanka is on an upswing, in others, like Bangladesh, it is in decline. With China’s growing economic influence in South Asia, can Indian democracy be an effective counterpoint?

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16 February 2015

Latin American lessons for AAP

The nature of the sweeping victory of AAP and Kejriwal may be unprecedented in India but not in Latin America. In Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, there are lessons for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal as they assume power in New Delhi – and also for the Congress Party as well as the BJP

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15 January 2015

Rajapaksa: down but not out

Incumbent Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa lost to his opponent Maithripala Sirisena in the recent elections. The reasons have been attributed to nepotism and dwindling support from the Sinhala community. With considerable challenges awaiting the new government, it would be wise to not rule out a return of Mahinda

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16 May 2014

The Modi agenda: Gateway House views

A decisive, corruption-free, and pro-industry government – that is what over 1.25 billion Indians are hoping for from the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance which will lead India for the next five years. Gateway House experts outline the key foreign policy priorities for the new government

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24 April 2014

India’s election on China’s Weibo

India’s election goes on, drawing attention from the domestic and international media. Weibo, the biggest social medium in China, provides a peek into the Chinese public’s thoughts on the Indian election and other related issues, revealing a more complex sentiment towards the election and their southern neighbor

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10 October 2013

Brazil: In the yellow zone

Gateway House’s Akshay Mathur recently visited Brazil to attend a BRICS-themed conference, organised by the National Association of Research and Graduate Programs in the Social Sciences. In this blog, he writes about his first impressions of the country and the similarities between India and Brazil that he observed.

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25 September 2013

Maldives: Hiccups in Democratic Transition

After the September 7 elections failed to yield a clear winner, the second round of elections has now been controversially postponed. Allegations of voting irregularity,among others, are the cause for the postponement, leaving the Maldives in political limbo.