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Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow waves after his inauguration at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal. But will he be able to go home? Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon

The questionable legality of military intervention in The Gambia

Military intervention is sanctioned and executed by states. It is thus always a function of state interests rather than the objective enforcement of law. The case of The Gambia is no different.
Graves of unidentified people killed during fighting in Juba, South Sudan, in 2016. There are fears the country could descend into genocide. Reuters/Adriane Ohanesian

South Sudan: why the international community needs to act urgently

The world needs to take urgent steps to stop the threat of mass massacres in South Sudan with tough measures that must include direct legal and financial sanctions against the main protagonists.
Ak Orda, the President’s Residence in Astana. Nurseit Niyazbekov

Will oil-rich Kazakhstan ever embrace democracy?

An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
The new secretary general of the United Nations should drive substantive reforms, particularly accountability of the international body. Shutterstock

What Africa should demand from the next United Nations secretary general

Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.
If this detonation was a hydrogen bomb test, then it was likely less successful than the North Korean leadership may have hoped. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

North Korea tests again: the ritual of Korean Peninsula nuclear politics

North Korea remains committed to perfecting a deployable nuclear weapon capability. It is confident in the understanding that there appears little the international community can do to prevent it.
These participants in a seminar on advocacy and peacebuilding are part of a generation of young people working for global peace and security. Institute for Inclusive Security/flickr

Not just victims or threats: young people win recognition as workers for peace

When nearly half the world's people are under 24 years old, they clearly have a critical role to play in working for peace and security around the world.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year. Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Leaving the ICC won’t absolve South Africa of its legal obligations

South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
Women and girls suffer some of the worst horrors of armed conflict, but are still denied a central role in preventing violence. Reuters/Rodi Said

Waging peace: women’s century-long campaign to end war continues

Women from around the world first came together 100 years ago to demand peace, and 15 years ago the UN recognised their central role in ending armed conflict. But the long journey is far from over.

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