Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backwards

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Bogotá/Brussels  |  ICG Colombia’s peace process faces its most serious crisis yet, after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspended a five month old unilateral ceasefire. Instead of more measures to de-escalate the conflict ahead of a final peace agreement, there are now new risks that the confrontation will escalate, causing fresh humanitarian damage, crippling trust between the parties and ... Read More »

Leaders of Luhansk and Donetsk republics likely to be assassinated in near future

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Political and military leaders of the two breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are likely to be assassinated in the nearest future, a veteran of the Special Operations Group of the KGB, Valery Kiselyov said. According to him, the attack on Alexei Mozgovoi had been meticulously organized. Mozgovoi was killed by high class professionals, he said. “Without a doubt, it ... Read More »

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strike military deal

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Australia hopes to ink a deal with Japan this year that would smooth the passage of military personnel into one another’s country for joint exercises in a further tightening of strategic bonds amid concern about Chinese ambition in the region. The Age - David Wroe, National security correspondent Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday and ... Read More »

Obama Cares Too Much About Israel

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After President Barack Obama delivered a pre-Sabbath address Friday about his deep admiration for Israel and the Jewish people, I had many questions. But the biggest one was whether Obama knew anything about Israel’s first female prime minister, Golda Meir. Bloomberg View - By Eli Lake She came up in a passage of Obama’s speech devoted to the shared values of Israel and ... Read More »

Drone Warfare’s Costs and Benefits

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Lethal drones are President Obama’s weapon of choice in striking at suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in remote areas, but – as with any weapon of war – there must be a cost-benefit analysis, including whether drone strikes create more enemies than they kill, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. Consortiumnews – By Paul R. Pillar * President Barack Obama’s announcement last month that earlier ... Read More »

Why Palmyra Is So Important

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International attention on its invaluable antiquities, now at risk with the Syrian city overrun by ISIS, may do more harm than good. The Atlantic ADAM CHANDLER After Islamic State forces apparently wrested control of the Syrian city of Palmyra—their second large territorial gain this week—the big news didn’t seem to be thereported entrapment of two-thirds of the city’s 200,000 residents. ... Read More »

Mali: An Imposed Peace?

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Dakar/Brussels – Africa Report N°226 – ICG – The full report is available in: French (PDF) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS After eight months of negotiations between Malian parties, the government and some armed groups signed an agreement on 15 May 2015 in Bamako. Fighting has resumed, however, in the north and centre of Mali. Crucially, the Azawad Movements Coalition (CMA) has ... Read More »

UK’s Cameron to hold first talks with EU leaders on reform demands

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Newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron will have his first talks with other European Union leaders on May 22 on reforms he is seeking to the EU before holding a referendum by 2017 on Britain’s membership of the bloc. Hurriyet - RIGA – Reuters Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet ... Read More »

Somaliland’s Guurti Sparks a Crisis

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The self-declared Republic of Somaliland – a de facto independent state formed from Somalia’s north-western regions – is often described as an island of stability in a sea of conflict. ICG - By Cedric Barnes | @CedricHoA & Claire Elder Much of the security enjoyed by its estimated 3.5 million people is attributed to a “hybrid” governance system marrying traditional authority ... Read More »

Everything you need to know about the recently released Bin Laden documents

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U.S. intelligence officials have finally released a trove of documents recovered during the 2011 raid which ended Osama bin Laden’s life. The documents, declassified on May 20, offer a rare window into al Qaeda’s operations and its leader’s involvement in leading the network from his Pakistan hideaway. Australian National Review – By: Gabriela Motroc There are dozens of letters, some from the ... Read More »