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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev attends his swear-in ceremony in Astana on April 29, 2015.

Stress Tests for Kazakhstan

Europe and Central Asia Briefing N°74, 13 May 2015

Kazakhstan’s wish for stability and continuity under long-serving President Nazarbayev trumps the will for political change, especially given turbulence elsewhere on Russia’s borders. But without economic reform, full ethnic equality and a political succession plan, the Central Asian country risks becoming another brittle post-Soviet state vulnerable to external destabilisation.

Burundi’s Crisis Not over Yet
People walk in a street in Bujumbura, Burundi, 14 May 2015/ GORAN TOMASEVIC

15 May 2105: A 13 May 2015 coup attempt in Burundi led by Major-General Godefroid Niyombare collapsed after 48 hours. But the fact that key military units remained loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza has not solved the crisis over his push to win a third five-year term in power. In this Q&A, Crisis Group Central Africa Project Director Thierry Vircoulon updates our 13 May discussion about the unfolding developments.

Le forum de Bangui : ne pas répéter les erreurs du passé

Catherine Samba-Panza (centre), Head of State of the Transition of the Central African Republic, makes the opening speech at the restitution ceremony of the Brazzaville Forum/ UN PHOTO

4 May 2015: Le forum de Bangui, qui s’ouvre aujourd’hui, est une étape fondamentale de la transition en République centrafricaine (RCA) et suscite des attentes très importantes. Il doit permettre aux participants de débattre des causes profondes de la crise, de forger un consensus national autour des principaux défis auxquels le pays est confronté et, selon les termes de la présidente de la transition, Catherine Samba-Panza, de « dégager une vision pour l’avenir ».

Ending Corruption in Guatemala

30 April 2015: The work of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) played a crucial role in Guatemala’s recent successes against corruption. In this Q&A, Crisis Group Guatemala Analyst Arturo Matute explains what this UN-backed body’s investigations have revealed, and how it should fulfil its mission to promote accountability and strengthen rule of law in one of the world’s most violent countries.

The Fog of Peace

Fog of Peace

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