Diplomacy

Israel launches Gaza air strike on ‘Hamas target’

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Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. BBC The air strike was carried out on a Hamas facility in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, a statement from the Israeli military said. Residents of the Khan Yunis area in Gaza reported hearing two explosions, ... Read More »

Cuba and the U.S.: Turning the Page

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The dramatic improvement this week in U.S.-Cuban relations, and the possibility of an end to the decades-long U.S. embargo of the island, is set to transform political relations in the entire hemisphere. In the three posts below, the director of Crisis Group’s Latin America and Caribbean program, Javier Ciurlizza, and our vice president and special adviser on Latin America, Mark ... Read More »

Tunisia’s Elections: Old Wounds, New Fears

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Middle East and North Africa Briefing N°4419 – This full briefing is available in French. OVERVIEW ( ICG ) The standoff between incumbent President Moncef Marzouki and former Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi in the second round of the presidential election, scheduled for 21 December 2014, has revealed fault lines in Tunisian society that political elites believed they had bridged with ... Read More »

Eastern Ukraine: A Dangerous Winter

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Winter in Ukraine is injecting further uncertainty into an already volatile conflict. After well over 5,000 deaths and eight months of war, eastern Ukraine – particularly the separatist-held parts of Donetsk and Luhansk – now runs the risk of a humanitarian crisis. ICG All parties involved in the conflict should refrain from offensive operations, concentrating instead on helping the population ... Read More »

Erdoğan is a man of strong character: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised on Thursday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a “man of strong character” who refused to keep an energy agreement between Ankara and Moscow a secret to avoid Western pressure. Today’sZaman Answering a question on the Western request for Turkey to join sanctions against Russia during an annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said ... Read More »

International Migrants Day

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“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.” UN Ban Ki-moon Message for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2014 On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world,proclaimed 18 December as International ... Read More »

Congo: Ending the Status Quo

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A new consensus and strategy are urgently needed to tackle the numerous, brutal armed groups in eastern Congo and to save the February 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) in the Great Lakes region. ICG The M23 defeat by the UN’s Intervention Brigade (FIB) in November 2013 raised hopes that it would mark the beginning of the end for ... Read More »

Historic breakthrough in US-Cuba relations

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WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy in ... Read More »

UN: Tens of thousands dead in S Sudan war

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Security Council says feuding leaders “personal ambitions” fomented crisis, as nation marks one year since start of war. Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of war and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions” ahead of the young nation’s future, the UN secretary-general has said. Ban Ki-moon called on the country’s leaders to agree ... Read More »

The Council on Foreign Relations Honors Kissinger Critic

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CFR named Gary J. Bass’s The Blood Telegram the best book on international relations of 2014. The National Interest – Zachary Keck On November 4, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, hosted Henry Kissinger as the final speaker in a series of day-long panels looking at the history of the Cold War. Haass said that in havingKissinger as ... Read More »