| DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake
The ICC’s acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba comes at a critical point in DR Congo elections. President Kabila and his opponents will have to recalibrate strategies ahead of Bemba’s likely return. Outside powers should keep pressing Kabila to stand down and allow opposition candidates to participate.
Reference: rbhambhani - 2018/6/14
| Rohingya Deserve Non-violent Leadership
Reference: aolafs - 2018/6/13
| Why Trump Should Take It Slow With Kim Jong Un
Any successful deal with North Korea will require an extraordinary amount of patience and attention to detail.
Reference: aolafs - 2018/6/13
| Turkey’s Election Reinvigorates Debate over Kurdish Demands
Ahead of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June, opinion polls suggest a tighter race than many anticipated. The country’s Kurds could be kingmakers, prompting politicians of different stripes to court their votes and opening much-needed debate about longstanding Kurdish demands.
Reference: jgutierrez - 2018/6/12
| The Niger-Mali Border: Subordinating Military Action to a Political Strategy
The Nigerien government and its allies’ use of military force and non-state armed proxies to curtail jihadist groups along the Niger-Mali border is stoking intercommunal conflict. Niger should instead adopt a political approach which includes reconciliation, dialogue and, in some cases, pardons for militants.
Reference: msunnucks - 2018/6/11
| Yemen: Averting a Destructive Battle for Hodeida
More than three years into Yemen’s war, a bloody battle looms for the Huthi-held port city of Hodeida. International leaders should work for a UN-led negotiated settlement to stop the offensive and, if this fails, take steps to avoid deepening what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Reference: admin - 2018/6/11
| Deep Freeze and Beyond: Making the Trump-Kim Summit a Success
The greatest risk to the 12 June summit between the U.S. and North Korea is mismatched expectations. To avoid a return to escalatory rhetoric, both parties should keep hopes modest and adopt an action-for-action approach as part of a four-step plan for denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.
Reference: rbhambhani - 2018/6/11
| Crisis Group Welcomes the Afghanistan Ceasefire
International Crisis Group welcomes pledges by the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgency that both sides will respect a ceasefire over the Eid al Fitr holiday. If implemented, such a truce would be unprecedented and could represent a concrete step toward peace talks.
Reference: admin - 2018/6/09
| Increasing the Stakes in DR Congo’s Electoral Poker
A moment of waning international attention has led some in President Kabila’s camp to revisit the idea of an internationally-opposed third presidential term. African and Western leaders must maintain unity, redouble efforts to dissuade Kabila from pursuing this course and ensure preparations for elections in 2018 continue apace.
Reference: aolafs - 2018/6/08
| It’s Time for the European Union to Push Yemen Towards Peace
Reference: aolafs - 2018/6/07