Weekly Round Up 19 – 25 February

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Communist Reunification

Who?  Communist Parties of Nepal

What?  Unification

Where?  Nepal

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?

This unification comes as an unconventional move to consolidate the political power of the left in Nepal. Although the two Parties (the Marxist-Leninists and the Maoist centrists) nominally share ideology they have been at odds multiple times in recent history. The unification is inspired more by fear and mistrust than common ground and ideology. Should the tricky unification be successful, it could very well lead to a new era of stable government for Nepal.

Article By Kamal Dev Bhattarai for The Diplomat:
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/the-rebirth-of-the-nepal-communist-party/

 

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Syrian Ceasefire

Who?  UN Security Council

What?  30 Day Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement

Where? Syria

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?

The ceasefire has brought relative peace to the war torn neighborhoods of Damascus. Most of the major factions in the Syrian conflict, including Kurdish and other rebel groups have agreed to abide by the ceasefire agreement with the caveat that they would only fire in self-defence. Nonetheless, the agreement has already been broken in some areas. It remains to be seen however what effect the ceasefire agreement will have on the Turkish operation in Afrin. Kurdish militant groups have stated that they will continue their fight against Daesh, but otherwise respect the ceasefire.

Article by Bassem Mroue for AP:
https://www.apnews.com/68b7ccd0e9224df3b2ab6daff7952ef6/Syrian-capital,-its-suburbs-calm-after-UN-cease-fire-vote

 

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Post Brexit Britain

Who?  Great Britain

What?  Possible economic and political effects of Brexit.

Where?  Great Britain and Ireland

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?

The outcomes of the Brexit vote still remain unclear. One possible result will be that Britain takes a mid level position on the international stage very similar to that of Canada. This would change the power dynamic in Europe, not only economically, but militarily and politically. One important question to consider is a bit closer to home for Britain, namely what to do about the border with Ireland. These and many other questions remain as of yet unanswered.

Article by Martin Wolf for the Irish Times:
https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/britain-s-brexit-destiny-is-to-become-canada-1.3400341

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