Bringing the National Liberation Army (ELN) into the current round of negotiations is vital for durable peace.
4 March 2014: On 27 February, the (North) Korean People’s Army (KPA) Strategic Rocket Forces fired four ballistic missiles from mobile launchers into the Sea of Japan. The firings began at 17:42 local time from Kittaeryŏng, Kangwŏn Province, where similar test launches have occurred in the past. The missiles, most likely Scud variants (Hwasŏng-5/6), can strike most of the South Korean landmass. Two more missiles, probably “extended” Scud variants, also were flight-tested in the morning of 3 March; these can probably strike all of the South.
28 February 2014: The government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has failed to comply with two successive Human Rights Council (HRC) resolutions. Failure is most obvious with respect to accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the final phase of the civil war, but also by the lack of devolution of power, ongoing militarisation of the north and east, and deepening authoritarianism throughout the country. Decisive HRC action now is required in light of GoSL’s repeated failures to undertake the necessary steps alone; it is necessary also in order to decrease the risk of a return to deadly conflict in Sri Lanka.
27 February 2014: The arrest of Joaquín Guzmán Loera – known as “El Chapo” or “Shorty” – ended a 13-year manhunt for the kingpin who reputedly heads the world’s largest drug cartel. Mexican marines captured Guzmán on 22 February in a bloodless early morning raid on an ocean-front condominium in his home state of Sinaloa.
In this Q&A, Mary Speck, Crisis Group’s Mexico and Central America Project Director, discusses the significance of Guzmán’s arrest for the narcotics trade, for the state’s fight against organised crime and for Mexicans caught in drug-related violence that has claimed an estimated 70,000 lives over eight years.
This post is also available in Spanish.
On Wednesday 7 May 2014 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Crisis Group will confer our Chairman's Award to The Honourable Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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