Qatar today is one of the most active regional political players in the Middle East and North Africa region. The small state has played a role in conflicts in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Sudan, and Yemen. In each of those countries, Qatar prided itself on reaching out to warring factions to push them [...]Continue Reading →
On January 4 – 5, 2013, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese Presdent Salva Kiir met in Addis Ababa for a summit meeting to discuss the remaining issues between the two countries. Also present were Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Desaiegn and former South African President Thabo Mbkei. Among the topics they discussed were [...]Continue Reading →
As for those groups driven solely by power and interest, confrontation may be unavoidable, as forewarned by the protest against government and GNC since January 1st, 2013. For them, no offer from the state is likely to be attractive enough to renounce to their current power.Continue Reading →
On CNN‘s website, Alex de Waal argues that Sudan and South Sudan’s long term needs are being held hostage to short term calculations.
Eighteen months after the secession of South Sudan, its future is still tied to its northern neighbor and former mother country. In 2013, Sudan and South Sudan will rise or fall [...]Continue Reading →
So what does Mali tell us about the measurement of state fragility? I suspect it tells us something that practitioners of political crisis management have known for a while, which is that these indices don’t tell us anything useful.Continue Reading →
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