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DRC President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

Now is not the time for the UN to run from the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo desperately needs a peaceful election but with the UN threatening to scale back its DRC mission, the likelihood of a successful poll is being threatened
Herder Ahmed Haji waters his goats. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Three reasons for optimism in Somalia

According to 2016 rankings, Somalia is the most fragile state in the world, worse off even than Syria. But there are reasons to believe things will improve.
President Donald Trump after speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Strikes against Syria: Did Trump need permission from Congress?

Are Trump’s missile strikes against Syria constitutional? An expert on Congress and foreign policy provides a brief history of how the separation of war powers has blurred over time.
Thirty young Afghani women performed in an orchestra at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s challenges in 2017 will not be new ones, but those that have lingered from many years of war and violence. They involve armed conflict with the Taliban and related issues of terrorism, attacks…
Trump and the United Nations: a difficult relationship. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Can the United Nations adapt to Donald Trump?

Most of Trump's positions go against the principles accepted by the United Nations. The new Secretary-General will have to try to find areas of mutual concern to work with the new US administration.
Digital information should be private and secure. Digital communications via shutterstock.com

Should cybersecurity be a human right?

Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.

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