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A policeman stand out a school turned in a polling station during the country's first post-revolution presidential election in Tunis on November 23 2014.

Tunisia’s Elections: Old Wounds, New Fears

Middle East and North Africa Briefing N°44, 19 December 2014

Tunisia’s presidential election highlights the multiple divides that trouble the country and region. Unless the winner governs as a truly national leader, representing all Tunisians and not just his base, current tensions could escalate into violence.

Cuba and the U.S.: Turning the Page

18 December 2014: The dramatic improvement this week in U.S.-Cuban relations, and the possibility of an end to the decades-long U.S. embargo of the island, is set to transform political relations in the entire hemisphere. In these three posts, the director of Crisis Group’s Latin America and Caribbean program, Javier Ciurlizza, and our vice president and special adviser on Latin America, Mark Schneider, look ahead to how the U.S. and Cuban moves could transform the wider region.

Pursuing Peace Together
Pursuing Peace Together 2014

16 December 2014: Following on from the launch of our End-of-Year Appeal on #GivingTuesday, Crisis Group's President & CEO, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, shares with you some news directly from his visit to Iran. 

As we continue to work for peace throughout the world, join us in pursuing peace together.

Sri Lankan election – ‘The tighter the race, the more violent it threatens to be’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa presents World No Tobacco Day Award to his former ally Maithripala Sirisena, 31 May 2013.
FLICKR/Sudath Silva

11 December 2014: Nearly two years ahead of schedule, Sri Lanka will go to the polls on January 8, with Rajapaksa set to run for a third term – a move widely seen as an attempt by the President to seek a fresh six-year mandate amid signs of fading popularity. In this interview with Deutsche Welle, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Sri Lanka, Alan Keenan, explains that with many indications that the race will be close, fears are growing in Sri Lanka that President Rajapaksa and his powerful brothers may resist leaving power even if Sirisena receives a majority of the votes.

Iran Nuclear Talks


11 December 2014: After a year of negotiations, the parties to the Iran nuclear talks failed to meet their deadline of 24 November. Nonetheless the talks will continue, with the goal of reaching a political agreement by 1 March 2015 and a comprehensive agreement, including an implementation plan, by 1 July 2015. In the following Q and A, Crisis Group Senior Iran Analyst Ali Vaez discusses what the new deadline means and how the talks might move forward.

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