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 »

The Central African Republic’s Hidden Conflict

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Africa Briefing N°105 – ICG The full briefing is available in French. OVERVIEW While the international community and the transitional government focus on Bangui, the capital, most of the rural areas, in particular the west and centre of the Central African Republic (CAR), have turned into fields of violence. The fierce struggle between the ex-Seleka and anti-balaka militiamen has led ... Read More »

The Day after Tomorrow: Colombia’s FARC and the End of the Conflict

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As they move toward a final peace agreement, the negotiators of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) face the challenge of laying out a credible path for guerrilla fighters to abandon arms and reintegrate into society. ICG Talks to end five decades of civil conflict in Colombia have seen unprecedented progress. But negotiators still need ... Read More »

Liberman outlines his regional peace plan

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The way things looked on the morning of Dec. 2, Israel was headed toward early elections. ””” SUMMARY: In an interview with Al-Monitor, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman details his comprehensive regional proposal, including land and population swaps. AUTHOR: Ben Caspit TRANSLATOR(S): Sandy Bloom ””” Al-Monitor Less than two years after its inception, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s third government is falling apart — at ... Read More »

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers

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As the last phase of negotiations resumes on 20 November, the Algeria-led talks between the Malian government and the armed groups in the north should not be rushed as they offer a unique opportunity for a sustainable peace agreement. As northern Mali experiences renewed violence, with influential radical groups absent from the negotiations trying to spoil the process, the Malian ... Read More »

As Berlin marks fall of wall, Gorbachev warns of new cold war

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Ex-Soviet leader backs Putin over Ukraine as Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of a seminal moment in European history ‘It’s hard to remember how scary it was’ … extraordinary memories of the Berlin Wall As Berliners watch 8,000 balloons being released into the night sky this evening, old divisions between east and west will symbolically vanish into thin air with ... Read More »

Twenty-five years on

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The Berlin Wall The fall of the Berlin Wall closed the question of communism. But it reopened the question of Germany. SINCE 1789 pieces of the Bastille have been sought-after decorations on mantelpieces in France. Two centuries later, bits of the Berlin Wall have travelled all around the globe. It is “the only monument that exists on all continents,” except ... Read More »

Turkey and the PKK: Saving the Peace Process

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The peace process between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is threatened by ceasefire violations and spillover from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Both sides must set aside pretexts and inertia and seize the opportunity of having powerful leaders able to implement a deal whose outlines are clearer than ever. After three decades of conflict that took the lives of 30,000 people, displaced ... Read More »

Putin’s Speech in Valdai that went Unreported by US & British Media

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Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin’s speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn’t get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. Western media did their best to ignore it or at best to twist its meaning. ... Read More »

Normalization between Ankara and Jerusalem? Guess Again.

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Until Jerusalem is the capital of a Palestinian state and Israel is pushed back to its pre-1967 borders, it will be “halal” for Erdogan to blame Israel for global warming, the Ebola virus, starvation in Africa and every other misfortune the world faces. On the press freedoms index 2014 of Reporters without Borders, Turkey ranks an embarrassing 154th, a score ... Read More »