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UN peacekeeping forces continue to have a squalid record of sexual abuse – Rosa Freedman asks how thy can be held accountable amidst a culture of impunity.

Author: Mstyslav Chernov

Fortress Europe opened its gates last summer. The tragedy in Paris has threatened to slam them shut again.

Source: Flickr- Wahlkampf in Nigeria 2015

Though Africa saw thirteen national elections in 2015, only two countries, Nigeria and Tanzania, saw a change at the top. The new presidents have targeted corruption with encouraging results, explains Keith Somerville.

British soldier in Helmand
04.01.16 | Mike Martin
Crisis and confusion in Helmand

The British SAS have returned to Sangin district in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, ostensibly to tackle a resurgent Taliban offensive. Local dynamics belie this simplistic analysis, as Mike Martin explains.

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17.12.15 | Madawi Al-Rasheed
Wahhabi religious nationalism turns ugly

Wahhabi Islam has replaced national identity with a doctrine that encourages intolerance and terrorism, explains Madawi Al-Rasheed.

Exterior of the Bataclan theatre the day after the attacks

In the wake of the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015, Jean-Pierre Filiu is interviewed on ISIS and the European response. Interviewer: Zachary Laub, Online Writer/Editor at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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To call Molenbeek a terrorism capital is an exaggeration at best. Focusing on local socio-economic factors obscures European jihadism’s transnational nature.

Source: Voice of America

Presidents Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping of Taiwan and China meet for a historic photo-op, but little else comes from the summit that shocked the world media

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What might the consequences be for Putin if the Sinai flight disaster proves to have been the work of terrorists?

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26.10.15 | J. J. Robinson
Sun, sand and suspicion

The Maldives’ dramatic internecine battle between the re-established regime’s strongmen continues as Vice President Adeeb is arrested on the airport tarmac.

Sri Lankan Tamil civilians are displaced in the Vanni, 2009
19.10.15 | Mark Salter
Sri Lanka and the Politics of Justice

Truth and reconciliation is a project which inevitably needs to balance short term politics against long term justice. There are signs that Sri Lanka’s new government understands the challenge.

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28.09.15 | Andrew Arsan
Beirut in the sandstorm

Andrew Arsan on Lebanon’s ‘You Stink’ protest movement; carnivalesque demonstrations, the bubbling anger of Beirut’s youth, and rubbish piled in the streets