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January 2018 Vol. 37 No. 571

Viewing the World: Nuclear threat, Chinese activity, India, Iceland, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP)

Africa:  Equatorial Guinea PDGE and president stay in place, Liberian frontrunner elected president, Mugabe out

Americas: Brazilian PSDB choses leader and potential president, US national strategy document released

Asia: Cambodian opposition seats given away, CPC stresses openness, Rahul Gandhi leads Congress party

Europe: Austria opposes Turkish EU membership, Italian election scheduled, Poland changes government heads

Middle East: Lebanon's prime minister stays, Yemen's former president killed

Oceania: Australian politicians facing dual citizenship problems, No-confidence motions fails in Vanuatu

Geo-Political Data: Austria, Russia Cabinets

Documentation: International Violence in 2016


(Issue contains 36 pages)


December 2017 Vol. 36 No. 570

Global Affairs: New UN Human Rights Council members, Vote against US Jerusalem move

Conflicts and Developments of Concern Status Report

Geo-Political Data: International Record 2017

European Union Record 2017

Appointments & Changes

Info: Canada, Turkey

Documentation: Japan Policy of the Prime Minister 2017


(Issue contains 54 pages)


November 2017 Vol. 36 No. 569

Viewing the World: Xi Jinping, Australia, Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, UK, USA

Global & Country Affairs: Iran in the SCO? UN Haiti missions closed and launched

Africa: Unrest in Kenya after repeated election, Liberian race undecided, Tanzanian shooting

Americas: Argentinian minority party moving ahead, Canada's Governor General installed, VP probe in Ecuador

Asia: Second term for Xi, Abe government continues, Kyrgyz prime minister becomes president

Europe:  ÖVP gaining in Austria, German veteran finance minister heads Bundestag, Catalonian path blocked

Middle East: Kuwait government resigns, Palestinian rivals sign reconciliation accord, Saudi succession changed

Oceania: Australian government loses majority, NZ Labour coalition forms government, New PNP Speaker

Elections: Argentina, Czech Republic, French Senate, Iceland, Japan, Liberia, New Zealand, Norway

Geo-Political Data: Communist Party of China 19th Central Committee, Saudi Arabia Cabinet

Documentation: Australian 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper


(Issue contains 40 pages)



October 2017 Vol. 36 No. 568

Viewing the World: Xi Jinping, Japan and Russia elections, Catalonia, Kurdistan, Australia

Global & Country Affairs: All but Syria and US have now signed the Paris Climate Accord

Africa: Angola presidential poll, Muzzling dissent in Egypt, Zambia emergency

Americas: PSDB stays in coalition, Colombian FARC now a party, Venezuela 4th Assembly bypassed

Asia: Hong Kong hardliner promoted, Emperor retiring in 2019, Thai military hobbles future policy

Europe:  New French anti-corruption law, Polish judicial independence at risk, Navalny remains a candidate

Middle East: Waed dissolved, Lebanon election law enacted, Saudi crown prince in charge, Yemen upsets

Oceania: Australian security changes, Bougainville referendum stalled?

Elections: Germany

Geo-Political Data: Cabinets of Canada, Egypt, South Africa

Documentation: European Commission State of the Union 2017


(Issue contains 44 pages)



September 2017 Vol. 36 No. 567

Viewing the World: Nulear Weapons Treaty, climate change, EU reform,

German elections, Kurdistan and Catalonia independence referenda, 19th Communist Party of China Congress.

Global Affairs: UN General Assembly addresses by French and US presidents.

Situation Updates: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Sudan, Mexico, Burma, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen.

Regional Developments

Africa: Algerian president recalls regime partisan as prime minister, Senate removal and flag change approved by referendum in Mauritania, Senegal's Socialist Party continues to lead in elections.

Americas: Former astronaut will become Canada 's Governor General.

Asia: South Indian BJP minister is elected vice president, Timor-Leste election yields no majority party.

Europe:  Cyprus bilateral talks about northern portion collapse, Rough weeks ahead for German coalition talks.

Middle East: Iran's president starts second term.

Oceania: In Vanuatu pastor succeeds Father as president.

Appointments and changes

Elections: Angola, Congo (B), Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Timor-Leste

Geo-Political Data: International Record, Cabinet of India.

Documentation: Address by President of France.


(Issue contains 34 pages)


August 2017 Vol. 36 No. 566

Global Affairs: Number of refugees worldwide grew again in 2016

Climate: Majority of world's nations, UN deplore US withdrawal from Paris accord

UN: Secretary General stresses positive role of water for cooperation

Africa: Egypt signs off on controversial islands handover, Gambia confirms massive thefts by former ruler

Americas: Canada and indigenous peopes working toward reconciliation, Puerto Rico's first choice for statehood weakened by low turnout

Asia: Burma's military stays opposed to Rohingya presence, Uighurs must behave Chinese or else ..., Major Kyrghyz opposition presidential candidate imprisoned, Japanese cabinet undergoes near-total change, Pakistan approves tribal area reforms

Europe:  Albanian opposition president takes office, German state bans foreign electioneering, Ukraine raises Ukrainian language TV content

Middle East: Five fellow Arab states impose blockade on Qatar and issue ultimatum

Oceania: Death of Vanuatu's president

Appointments and changes

Governance and Domestic Conditions in Independent States and other Territories

Geo-Political Data: Cabinet of Japan

Info: Pakistan's population


(Issue contains 66 pages)


July 2017 Vol. 36 No. 565

Global Affairs: UN General Assembly picks new Security Council members

International Record

Africa: Gambia emergency ended, Zambia opposition leader charged with treason

Americas: Bahamas opposition leader becomes prime minister, White House Chiefs of Staff change,

Asia: Newly elected South Korean president takes office, Non-communist returns to lead government of Nepal

Europe:  European Council approves military planning staff, French presidential movement captures parliament, Russian prime minister tied to unexplained worth

Middle East: Iranian President Rouhani reelected

Oceania: 2003 Multi-nation assistance mission to Solomon Islands ends

Election statistics

Geo-Political Data: Cabinets of Brazil, France, Germany, India, UK

Documentation: Press freedom in the world declining, The Queen's Speech to Parliament, US intelligence-The future summarized


(Issue contains 38 pages)


June 2017 Vol. 36 No. 564

Global Affairs: Slower world population growth expected, Africa to grow

International Record

Developments of Concern and Conflicts

Geo-Political Data: Cabinets of France and the USA

Documentation: Transnational corruption, European Council Conclusions of 22-23 June 2017


(Issue contains 44 pages)


May 2017 Vol. 36 No. 563

Viewing the World: War and disasters displaced 31.1 million people inside their countries

International Record

Situation: Clashes in Central African Republic, Domestic 'deconstruction' ahead in the US, Malaysia's prime minister now raises the 'fake' news issue, gradual removal of ISIL in Iraq

Countries & Governments: Angola's president will step down, US grassroots movement pursues impeachment of president, integrated supervision system next in China, Macron inaugurated as 10th President of France, HAMAS changes political and Gaza leadership,

Botswana opposition, Somali president elected, former Brazilian Speaker sentenced, president and prime minister take office in Haiti, Cambodian governmen tightens law against opposition, constitutional changes in Kazakhstan, fatal attack on Kim half-brother, Thailand constitution signed, new German federal head of state, Medvedev reelected United Russia leader, suppression of Bahraini opposition parties continues, Israeli settlement policy severely criticized, Turkey continues targeting of HDP, Governor General elected in Papua New Guinea



Geo-Political Data: Cabinets of France and Somalia

Documentation: French inaugural speech


(Issue contains 42 pages)


April 2017 Vol. 36 No. 562

Viewing the World: SCO membership for India and Pakistan, Montenegro headed for NATO

International Record

Countries & Governments: Round 1 of French presidential election, Turkish president rises to super-presidency, May seeking popular support for Brexit, Cambodia, Ukraine, Israel

Global Concerns A Watchlist

Reference: International and Polituical Abbreviations

(Issue contains 66 pages)


March 2017 Vol. 36 No. 561

Viewing the World:  Continuying extremer weather and climate conditions predicted, New UN Secretary General sets high goals for peace and nuclear arms-free world

International Record

Countries & Governments: Nepal may ease access in the north, White House tarnishes freedom of the press, UK gives formal notice to European Union, small improvement in African governance deepened political impasse in Burundi, Brazil's corruption probve headed by new judge, US Democratic Party elects new chairman, Venezuela, China, India, Bulgaria, Iceland, Yemen

Info: Russian language digital news network launched


Elections: Russia, USA

Reference: Country and City Name Changes

Documentation: Political Freedom Survey

(Issue contains 38 pages)


February 2017 Vol. 36 No. 560

Directory: Political Leaders of the World

Documentation: Munich Security Conference Remarks by US Senator John S. McCain III

(Issue contains 60 pages)


January 2017 Vol. 36 No. 559

Gambia's elected president takes office

Republicans enter White House

Abbas reelected Fatah chairman

Global Terrorism Index 2016

Obstacle on Moldova's path to Europe

International Record

Africa: Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Seychelles

Americas: Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela

Asia: Afghanistan, Georgia, India, Japan, Turkmenistan

Europe: European Union, Croatia, France, Germany, Russia

Middle East: Iran, Israel, Turkey

Oceania: Australia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea

Governments: Leader changes, appointments


Cabinet Directories: Canada, New Zealand

Reference Information: International & Political Terms

Documentation: UK Objectives for Withdrawal from the European Union

(Issue contains 50 pages)




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