During 2016, the citizens of seventeen African nations voted for their government. Elections in 2016 have confirmed the mixed record of democratic progress, stagnation, and regression that characterises contemporary Africa. Several key states will hold elections in 2017, which is likely to represent another crucial year for the future of democracy in the sub-Saharan region.
The already troubled relations between Seoul and Pyongyang further deteriorated in the first half of 2016, due to a series of dramatic events. The year 2016 began with North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on January 6, which was internationally condemned and led to the adoption of new sanctions against Pyongyang. However, luckily it was not – as Pyongyang claimed - a hydrogen bomb test. One month later, on February 7, Pyongyang launched a long-range missile, claiming that it was putting a satellite into orbit.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is famously ill-named. All four words are false. It is no democracy; the people decide nothing. More hereditary monarchy than republic, its culture and institutions owe more to Stalin (who created it) and Mao than to anything Korean.
Di Marzio Galeotti
Più o meno nel momento in cui Barack Obama cominciava il suo primo mandato presidenziale e la crisi finanziaria investiva l’intera economia, nel mondo dell’energia avveniva un fatto che ha segnato un’epoca, la “shale revolution”, destinata a cambiare la geopolitica dell’energia in maniera forse permanente. Nel periodo 2008-2014 la produzione statunitense di petrolio è passata da 5 milioni di barili/giorno (mbd) a quasi 9, ma mentre quella convenzionale è rimasta invariata quella da “tight oil” è passata da 1 a 4 mbd. Entro un paio d’anni gli USA supereranno Russia ed Arabia Saudita per riprendersi il titolo di primo produttore mondiale ceduto negli anni ’80. (...)
Di Matthew Wilson
As President Obama enters his last full year in office, his supporters and critics alike have begun to debate his legacy, seeking to shape the first-draft assessment of “the Obama years.” President Obama has been one of the most polarizing figures in recent American political history, so it is no surprise that judgements of his domestic policy accomplishments diverge sharply along partisan and ideological lines. Even many of his supporters, however, would acknowledge that his domestic policy accomplishments will in many areas fall frustratingly short of the aspirations that they had on his historic election in 2008. (...)
Di Walter Russell Mead
President Obama’s final State of the Union address comes at a time when, for the first time in his administration, the public believes that the nation’s most serious problems involve foreign policy rather than domestic issues, the majority disapproves of the President’s handling of foreign affairs, and 73 percent say they want the next President to take a “different approach” to foreign policy. President Obama, for his part, remains deeply committed to his approach to foreign affairs, is determined to continue on his current course through the end of his mandate, and wants a new kind of foreign policy to be part of the political legacy of his administration. (...)
The 2015 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire will be on many respects different from the 2010 election that spurred the resumption of the Ivorian civil war. There is no comparable risk of violence and it seems likely that the elections will be peaceful, with minor sporadic incidents. However, the positive impact of the election on democratization and peacebuilding is questionable.
The trauma of the July bailout
The economy has become one of the hotly debated topics in Turkey prior to the general elections on June 7. There is now a quasi-consensus that the upcoming election is one of the crucial turning points in the history of contemporary Turkish politics. The Justice and Development Party (AKP in the Turkish acronym), which has been ruling the country with single-party majority governments for about 13 years, aims to gain enough seats again to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential one.
The approaching of elections compels whoever is concerned to pounder Nigerian politics and so happened to the Author of this short commentary.