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A policeman stands near a polling booth during the local government election in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos October 22, 2011.

Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence

Africa Report N°220, 21 November 2014

Nigeria’s politics is sliding dangerously towards violence before, during and after the February 2015 elections. With only three months to the polls, mitigating bloodshed requires urgent improvements in security and electoral arrangements, as well as in political mind-sets.

Turkey and the PKK: A peace process without end goals?

24 November 2014: There is much talk about the peace process, but there are no concrete steps to reaching a peace deal with regards to Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish issue. The government and Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who is imprisoned on İmralı Island, have been conducting a series of meetings since 2011 in order to end the four-decade-long conflict between the PKK and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) which has claimed 40,000 lives. In this Q&A, Hugh Pope, Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Deputy Program Director, discusses the ongoing talks between the PKK ans the Turkish government and the possibilities of saving a peace process.

DNI Clapper’s Rescue Mission to the DPRK
U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, accompanied by his sister Terri, speaks to the media during a news conference, 8 November, 2014.

14 November 2014: On 8 November 2014, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea released U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller into the custody of James Clapper, the director of national intelligence (DNI), for a return flight to the United States. Bae had been detained for two years after being convicted by a DPRK court for committing “hostile acts against the DPRK”.Bae, a Christian missionary, was suspected of having proselytised against the regime, calling for a “religious coup d’état”. Miller was arrested in April 2014 and convicted in September 2014, also for committing “hostile acts against the DPRK”. Miller reportedly tore up his tourist visa upon arrival at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport and asked for political asylum.

Mounting Tensions: Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade
Dome of the Rock shrine, Jerusalem, 4 November 2014

10 November 2014: Violence in East Jerusalem neighbourhoods, and particularly in and around the Holy Esplanade – the focus of a full policy report by Crisis Group later this month – has surged amid a massive crackdown by Israeli police. In recent weeks an assassination attempt against activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, and the subsequent killing in a police raid of Mutaz Hijazi, the alleged would-be assassin, further escalated tensions. In this Q&A, Ofer Zalzberg, Crisis Group’s senior analyst for the Middle East, discusses the growing controversies concerning the Holy Esplanade.

With or Without Compaoré, Times of Uncertainty

UN PHOTO/Marco Castro

31 October 2014: Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaoré has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. This Crisis Group report from July 2013, Burkina Faso: With or Without Compaoré, Times of Uncertainty, warned of the dangers if Compaoré failed to manage his departure well, and helps understand today's crisis.

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