Through the FCIL Lens: Honduras, Sudan, Uganda, Georgia, Kuwait

By Marcelo Rodríguez

Welcome back to Through the FCIL Lens! I recently won an award as the FCIL-SIS Blog Post of the Year for this series (YAY!). I’m honored by this award and it gives me motivation to continue writing. As I finish teaching my Foreign, Comparative and International Legal Research class at the University of Arizona College of Law, I always introduce this concept of constant change taking place in foreign countries and how relevant it can be to your legal research. A student of mine mentioned two incredibly important words: intentional and flexible. That is exactly the frame of mind that I’m trying to cultivate in my class and in this series. 

Given the audience of this blog, the summaries of domestic situations I include here are packed with information and other sources which can be further developed, if needed. The intention here is to make the FCIL experts aware of these rapidly-evolving situations and events happening in flashpoints happening around the world, mostly the Global South.  

For this post I have chosen events that took place over the past two months, March and April 2023 in the following countries: Honduras, Sudan, Uganda, Georgia and Kuwait. As in previous posts, these summaries aim to be descriptive, introductory, and to provide a stepping stone for further comprehensive research. Each summary also includes at least three important authoritative secondary sources.

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Honduras President, Xiomara Castro Lifts Ban on Contraceptive Pills

  • Garibotto, V. (2022). Uneven Reproductive Landscapes: The Abortion Documentary in Latin America. Latin American Research Review, 1-9.
  • Sosa, E., Menjívar, C., & Almeida, P. (2022). Elections and Social Movements in Honduras in the Central American Context. Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior, (122), 43-61.
  • Taylor, L. (2022). How South America became a global role model for abortion rights. bmj, 378.

Two Rivals Prompt Threats of Civil War in Sudan

  • Atta-Asamoah, A., & Mahmood, O. S. (2019). Sudan after Bashir-regional opportunities and challenges. ISS East Africa Report, 2019(23), 1-20.
  • Bassil, N., & Zhang, J. (2021). The post-Bashir era in Sudan: tragedy or remedy?. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 75(3), 252-259.
  • Grewal, S. (2021). Why Sudan succeeded where Algeria failed. Journal of Democracy, 32(4), 102-114.

New Bill in Uganda Becomes One of the Harshest Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in the World

  • Amusan, L., Saka, L., & Muinat, O. A. (2019). Gay Rights and the Politics of Anti-homosexual Legislation in Africa. Journal of African Union Studies, 8(2), 45-66.
  • Jjuuko, A. (2021). Global struggles, local consequences: the impact of internationalisation on local LGBT struggles in Uganda. Critical Studies on Security, 9(3), 250-253.
  • Xie, N. (2010). Legislating hatred: Anti-gay sentiment in Uganda. Harvard International Review, 32(1), 6-7.

Georgia’s Foreign Agents Bill Gets Shelved Amid Massive Protests

  • Fawn, R. (2020). The Price and Possibilities of Going East? The European Union and Wider Europe, the European Neighbourhood and the Eastern Partnership. Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks, 1-29.
  • Kakabadze, S. (2020). The East in the West: South Caucasus Between Russia and the European Union. Polity, 52(2), 273-287.
  • Oravec, P., & Holland, E. C. (2019). The Georgian Dream? Outcomes from the Summer of Protest, 2018. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 27(2), 249-256.

Yet Another New Kuwaiti Parliament and Government

  • Chay, C. (2020). Parliamentary Politics in Kuwait. In Routledge Handbook Of Persian Gulf Politics (pp. 327-345). Routledge.
  • Gavrielides, N. (2021). Tribal democracy: the anatomy of parliamentary elections in Kuwait. In Elections in the Middle East (pp. 153-191). Routledge.
  • Mesbah, H. (2022). Tweeted Attitudes towards Women Parliamentary Candidates in Kuwait: A Social Dominance Perspective. Journal of Digital Social Research, 4(1), 98-127.

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