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Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza holds a news conference in Brussels October 23, 2009.

Elections in Burundi: Moment of Truth

Africa Report N°224, 17 April 2015

The ever-decreasing likelihood of a free and fair presidential election is in growing conflict with a popular desire for change in Burundi. To safeguard the Arusha principles agreed in 2000 to end Burundi’s civil war, the opposition and President Nkurunziza in particular must return to the path of democracy and dialogue.

Colombia: A Dangerous Setback
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16 April 2015: Colombia’s attempt to end five decades of bloodshed could be at risk, after local Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) units appeared to have breached a four-month-old unilateral ceasefire by ambushing a military patrol 14 April, reportedly killing eleven soldiers and wounding another twenty. The deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago is not likely to lead to a collapse of the talks, but the parties and the international community must now move quickly to prevent them from unravelling.

Al-Shabaab's Kenyan Ambitions
Members of the hard line al Shabaab Islamist rebel group parade during a military training exercise in Huriwaa district, southern Mogadishu. 5 September, 2010. Reuters. 

15 April 2015: Al-Shabaab’s 2 April attack in Kenya that killed 147 people at a university in Garissa, 120km from the border with Somalia, has again cast doubt on the Kenyan government’s ability to keep its citizens safe. Three members of Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa staff consider in this Q&A the implications of Al-Shabaab’s longstanding ambition to broaden its campaigns from Somalia into the wider East Africa region.

Extremism in Africa
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14 April 2015: From the kidnapping of over 200 girls in Chibok, Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram, to the tragic attack on Kenya's Garissa University College by Al-Shabaab, radical extremist groups are on the rise throughout Africa. In this podcast, the director of Crisis Group’s Africa program Comfort Ero, is joined by deputy director EJ Hoogendorn and project directors Rinaldo Depagne and Cedric Barnes, to discuss the rise of extremism in Africa, from Boko Haram in Nigeria, to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali.

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