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The International Space Station is a great example of how space has, for the most part, been a peaceful and collaborative international arena. NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center/Flickr

Space law hasn’t been changed since 1967 – but the UN aims to update laws and keep space peaceful

Activities in space today are far more numerous and complicated compared to 1967, before humans had landed on the moon or Elon Musk had been born. Two experts explain the need for better laws to keep space peaceful.
Mauritanian soldiers stand guard near the border with Mali in the fight against jihadists in Africa’s Sahel region. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

Mapping the contours of Jihadist groups in the Sahel

Jihadi groups take advantage of endemic poverty, inequality, high unemployment levels, illiteracy, ethnic divisions, and poor governance to spread their campaign of violence in the Sahel region.
A Russian armoured personnel carrier on the streets of Bangui. Photo by Camille Laffont/AFP via Getty Images

What it will take to end civil war in the Central African Republic

Only an emphasis on civilian aspects of rule, such as education and health, can shield the state from rebellions that challenge state power in the future.
Humanitarian agencies are often thrust into the heart of contentious crises without easy or quick solutions. The Houthis accused the WFP of giving out expired food assistance. The UN agency delivers monthly rations or money to 10.2 million people of Yemen's 26-million population. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Comply or leave: the dilemma facing humanitarian agencies

When humanitarian agencies are obliged to stop operations by political decision or because of huge physical insecurity, the poorest and most vulnerable succumb first through starvation and disease.
A child plays in a street in the port village of Paquitequete near Pemba, northern Mozambique. The region suffered decades of neglect, and major gas projects have failed to deliver local benefits. Photo by Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images

Mozambique’s difficult decade: three lessons to inform next steps

The development strategy based on foreign investment in natural resources projects has not delivered economic growth or security. What’s needed is an inclusive vision based on local realities.
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 21, the day a cease-fire took effect after 11 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Why hatred should be considered a contagious disease

Hate-inspired violence is the cause of conflict around the world. It’s time to consider hatred as a serious public health issue and even a disease so it can be treated — and possibly prevented.

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