Through the FCIL Lens: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Honduras and Europe

By Marcelo Rodríguez

Over the past month or so, I have found myself in a situation where most of the international sources that I follow are heavily focused on one conflict. Without a doubt, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a major geopolitical crisis that has and will continue to have major ripple effects throughout the world. However, if you are a researcher interested in other more local events or conflicts, it might be difficult to find analysis and sources, particularly in English, in traditional media sources, social media and even academic secondary sources providing authoritative information. The ongoing war conflict in Ukraine and a convulsive series of local events could provide a recipe for other major conflicts to erupt in different parts of the world. As a foreign and international law librarian as well as researcher, I believe it’s my job to keep abreast of these flashpoints and trends in order to provide trustworthy and insightful sources. 

The five situations that I mention below are the ones I have been following most closely during this past month of April. I invite readers to provide more sources in the comments section. You can read my previous posts here.

Upside Down Map
  • Stumped Pakistan After a Week of Major Political Drama
  • Cheema, M. H. (2018). Two steps forward one step back: The non-linear expansion of judicial power in Pakistan. International journal of constitutional law, 16(2), 503-526.
  • Hafeez, M. M., Ahmed, R. N., Khan, M. D., & Safdar, M. A. (2020). What are the Crisis and Issues of Governance in Pakistan? An Analysis. Review of Applied Management and Social Sciences, 3(1), 53-59.
  • Rahman, S. U., & Shurong, Z. (2021). Governing through Informal Mechanisms: Military Control over State Institutions in Pakistan. Asian Survey, 61(6), 942-970.
  • Political and Economic Meltdown in Sri Lanka
  • Kodikara, C. (2022). Inscriptions and erasures, grief, hope and rights: a struggle for truth and justice for disappearances in postwar Sri Lanka.
  • Ranjan, A., & Chattoraj, D. (2022). The Tamil Issue in India–Sri Lanka Relationships: Priorities and Interests. India Quarterly, 09749284211068161.
  • Wickramasinghe, N. (2022). Mahinda Rajapaksa: From Populism to Authoritarianism. In Contemporary Populists in Power (pp. 113-130). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • Who Assassinated Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara?
  • Bertrand, E. (2022). Nothing will be as before? The 2014 insurrection in Burkina Faso and its political impact. In Popular Protest, Political Opportunities, and Change in Africa (pp. 73-90). Routledge.
  • Muiruri, K. (2022). “The Color of African Unity”: The Pan-Africanist Rhetoric and Praxis of Thomas Sankara in the Burkina Faso Revolution, 1983–87. Global Africana, 3.
  • Peterson, B. J. (2021). Thomas Sankara: A Revolutionary in Cold War Africa. Indiana University Press.
  • Extradition of Honduras’ Former President to the United States
  • Blume, L. R. (2022). Collusion, Co-Optation, or Evasion: The Politics of Drug Trafficking Violence in Central America. Comparative Political Studies, 00104140211066218.
  • Rayo, G. A. (2021). State building, ethnic land titling, and transnational organized crime: The case of honduras. Latin American Research Review, 56(1), 50-66.
  • Scott, P. D. (2021). Honduras, the contra support networks, and cocaine: How the US Government has augmented America’s drug crisis. In War on Drugs (pp. 125-175). Routledge.
  • Elections in Europe: France, Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia

April was a busy month for presidential and parliamentary elections in Europe. Besides local issues in each country, the Russian invasion in Ukraine has undoubtedly invited itself to all the campaigns and political debates by forcing candidates to take a stance between Zelensky and Putin. Within the European Union (EU), voters seemed to have responded very differently to Brussels’ call of unity against Russia. Voters in France gave a victory to pro-Europe candidate, Emanuel Macron against the rise of the extreme right. However, in Hungary, illiberal and autocratic candidate, Viktor Orban seems to have captivated a more conservative and anti-Zelensky Hungarian electorate. These two candidates represent two dramatically different visions of the EU against the Russian threat close to its borders. Also within the EU, Slovenia’s incumbent populist Prime Minister Janez Jansa suffered a massive defeat in the country’s parliamentary elections. Furthermore, in Serbia, the country’s populist and pro-Russia leader, Aleksandar Vucic declared a landslide victory in both presidential and legislative elections.

  • Carvalho, J. (2019). Mainstream party strategies towards extreme right parties: the French 2007 and 2012 presidential elections. Government and Opposition, 54(2), 365-386.
  • Ehin, P., & Talving, L. (2021). Still second-order? European elections in the era of populism, extremism, and Euroscepticism. Politics, 41(4), 467-485.
  • Halikiopoulou, D. (2018). A Right-wing Populist Momentum: A Review of 2017 Elections across Europe. J. Common Mkt. Stud., 56, 63.

Previous posts:

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s