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LOOK: The Monthly Conflict Situation Report

International Crisis Group | Posted 12.16.2013 | World

Check out the International Crisis Group's Monthly Conflict Situation Report that highlights ongoing violence and unrest around the world....

When Saints Rule? Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Sainthood

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Suchitra Vijayan

In the past week, we have seen an explosion of stories critiquing the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. One article's particularly hyperbolic headline even asked if she was going to be Burma's "next tyrant?"

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

Iran's Election Win Warrants U.S. Sanctions Rethink

Michael Shank | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

As the elections signified, it is the Iranian people who will ultimately shape the destiny of Iran. And it is the Iranian people who have borne the brunt of sanctions, and it is these human impacts that must always be at the forefront of U.S. sanctions policy considerations.

World Powers Begin New Round Of Nuclear Talks With Iran

AP | LARA JAKES and PETER LEONARD | Posted 04.28.2013 | World

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Seeking even a small step forward in a yearslong dispute, negotiators from Iran and six world powers mulled options Tuesday...

Colombia: Peace at Last? (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Kimberly Abbott

Peace negotiations began this week between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as FARC), a guerrilla group that has waged a half-century long offensive against the government.

From Here to Timbuktu - The Story of Mali's Descent Into Disaster

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Timbuktu conjures up images of remote parts of the earth and fabled ancient monuments. Now radical Islamic groups, with ties to al Qaeda, have taken over the north in Mali, destroying monuments and torturing civilians in a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.

Wobbly Pillars Underpin Afghanistan Transition

Mark Schneider | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Mark Schneider

It is a step forward that NATO leaders adopted a resolution committing to support the transition, and to help build security and development in Afghanistan. However, the firm pillars necessary for the successful implementation of that strategy are clearly not yet in place.

Pakistan Commission Calls For End To U.S. Drone Attacks

AP | ZARAR KHAN | Posted 05.20.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani parliamentary commission demanded Tuesday an end to American drone attacks inside the country and an apology for deadly ...

David Wood

U.S. To Supply Nonlethal Aid To Syrian Opposition -- But No Weapons

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.14.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- On the one-year anniversary of the uprisings in Syria, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the armed resistance is not able t...

Joshua Hersh

Iran Crisis Presents Few Good Options For Obama, New Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.24.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration finds itself low on good options for avoiding conflict with Iran, a bleak new report from a major internationa...

Bosnia: What Does Republika Srpska Want? (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

Post-war economic growth and reconstruction in Republika Srpska and the rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina mask a reality of lingering wartime trauma, which runs deep in the social psyches of both populations.

Turkey: Ending the PKK Insurgency (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

Clashes between the Turkish government and the Kurdish insurgent group PKK have killed more than 150 people since Turkey's mid-June elections, and this new cycle of tension and violence shows signs of spiraling out of control.

Myanmar: The Changing Scene (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

Clashes this summer along Myanmar's northern and eastern borders between the country's army and Kachin rebels shattered a 17-year ceasefire in one of the world's longest-running civil wars.

Two Years After Civil War, Sri Lanka Is Far From True Peace: Think Tank

AP | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's postwar policies are a hindrance to reconciliation between the country's embittered ethnic communities, two years af...

Haiti's Displaced (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 08.31.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

In Haiti, more than 650,000 earthquake victims are still waiting for permanent housing after a year and a half in emergency camps, where they are now vulnerable to criminal violence and the summer storm season.

Afghanistan: The Spreading Insurgency (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

The government's impotence and the staggering insecurity in Afghanistan have left officials with much to gain from partnering with insurgents. I spoke with Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Afghanistan about the insurgent threat.

Somalia's Power Struggle (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

Somalia may be at a turning point for the better. In recent months, the central government has made significant advances against al-Shabab. Little by little, government and aligned forces are expanding the territory under the TFG's control.

The Struggle for Abyei (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

The northern Sudanese army has occupied Abyei, a disputed territory that sits on the north-south Sudanese border, forcing thousands of residents to flee, increasing antagonism between North and South, and risking renewed conflict.

Tunisia's Way (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

The first Arab revolution in Tunisia may stand the best chance of success of ushering in the more open, democratic government that protesters demanded. Robert Malley shared his insights into Tunisia's revolution.

The Referendum in Sudan (AUDIO)

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kimberly Abbott

Several outstanding issues may raise tensions on either side of the world's newest border unless the North and South leaderships negotiate a working compromise.

Richard Holbrooke: America's "Diplomatic Life-Saver"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Richard Holbrooke never walked away from a global hot spot which defied easy solution -- he thrived on the hard, gritty diplomatic challenges that, to put it bluntly, either led to war or peace.

Pakistan: Are We Facing a Flood of Jihadists?

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Jihadi groups are moving into the flood areas with a ruthless efficiency, providing basic needs for the population. Is this new? No. Is it cause for concern? Absolutely.

International Crisis Group Calls Congo Government a Failure and Warns of Anarchy

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The International Crisis Group's latest report, "Congo: A Stalled Democratic Agenda," scrutinizes the four year presidency of Joseph Kabila, calls it a failure, and warns that DRC risks anarchy without democracy and institutional reform.

Election Intimidation and Delusions in Darfur

Sean Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sean Brooks

In our conversation, Sudanese MP Salih Mahmoud Osma expressed his profound frustration with current U.S. policy toward Sudan.