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It’s a deal. EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?

After all night talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the outcomes of the four party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough…
Nasr al-Ansi, AQAP Commander, claims the Paris attacks. EPA/Al-Malahem Media

Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch adds Paris attacks to list of successes

Al-Qaeda’s most active and notorious branch – the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – has claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. While some questions remain…
From the jaws: the last-ditch agreement signed in Geneva has, for the moment, made further bloodshed unlikely. EPA/Eric Bridiers/US Department of State

Breakthrough in Ukraine talks is a win-win situation, especially for Russia

The four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine have apparently produced a significant breakthrough towards the diffusion of an increasingly dangerous situation. According to a statement released by the…
A militiaman on patrol in Ramadi, Iraq where al-Qaeda controls large swaths of territory. AP Photo

Al-Qaeda: thinking local in regional turmoil spells trouble for the West

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama noted that the threat from al-Qaeda had evolved with affiliates of the terror group taking root in places as diverse as Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and…
Ugandan troops being trained by US Army instructors in 2008. US Dept of Defense

Ugandan intervention holds little hope for South Sudan conflict

As the rival factions in the current conflict in South Sudan are about to sign a ceasefire deal in Addis Ababa, concerns remain that Uganda’s military intervention in the South Sudanese civil war continue…
We salute you: UN Security Council stands in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Peace and security in Africa: from summitry to solutions

The death last night of Nelson Mandela serves as a reminder of the enormous potential of African leaders to bring positive and lasting change to the continent. It is a reminder also of the obligations…
Debris from drone strike that killed Mamana Bibi. Amnesty International

Use of drones should be a matter of life, not just death

Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif will meet with US president Barack Obama tomorrow, and American drone attacks are likely to be high on the agenda, alongside the impact of developments in Afghanistan…