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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers inspect a burned out car in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/SAMIR BOL

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias

Africa Report N°236, 25 May 2016

The 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan reached a milestone with the formation of a transitional government in Juba in April. Yet fault lines like those in the Equatorias remain outstanding. A committed, inclusive political response is vital to stop low-level conflicts continuing indefinitely.

Iraq: On the Edge of Chaos
Followers of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr protested inside the Iraqi parliament building after storming into Baghdad’s Green Zone on 30 April 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

17 May 2016: The recent storming of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone by protesters led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr brought to the surface a long-standing dilemma: the system which has governed the country since 2003 is in need of radical reform, but because the ruling political class has in many ways come to embody the system, it is highly resistant to genuine change. Street protests and recalcitrant politicians have created a combustible formula, paralysing state institutions and threatening to bring them down. Meanwhile, the security situation is dire, as evidenced by a series of attacks in Baghdad this week claimed by the Islamic State.

Insights from the Burundian Crisis (I​I): When WhatsApp R​eplaces ​the Radio
A bicycle taxi-man listens to the news using the radio on his mobile phone whilst waiting for clients in an opposition neighbourhood of Bujumbura, on July 22, 2015, following the presidential elections of July 21. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE

13 May 2016: Conditions for journalists couldn’t be tougher than in crisis-hit Burundi. At a time when independent reporting is scarce, mobile phones and social networks have filled a vacuum – for better or worse, as Senior Central Africa Consultant Thierry Vircoulon describes in this commentary (in French).

Kazakhstan’s Protests Postponed – But for How Long?
Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, during the United Nations General Assembly on 28 September 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

12 May 2016: In heading off a week of unprecedented waves of protests in Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has polished his reputation as his nation’s problem-solver-in-chief. But none of the underlying problems in this big Central Asian state have gone away.

Violent Extremism & Modern Conflict

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Our recent report “Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State” launches a Crisis Group project on Violent Extremism and Modern Conflict, looking at how to counter the evolving threat posed by these groups and their ideology.

Read the full version of this report alongside videos, podcasts, and photos.

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