Propelled by desertification, insecurity and the loss of grazing land to expanding settlements, the southward migration of Nigeria’s herders is causing violent competition over land with local farmers. To prevent the crisis from escalating, the government should strengthen security for herders and farmers, implement conflict resolution mechanisms and establish grazing reserves.
A century-long quest for an independent Kurdistan has encouraged Iraqi Kurds to exploit Iraq’s ongoing crises and schedule a referendum on 25 September 2017. But the referendum is more a reflection of Iraq’s disorder than the Kurds’ readiness for statehood, and the vote’s outcome could exacerbate internal and regional tensions.
[Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] and a small group of warlords that span the various fighting factions are the only clear winners [in the war in Yemen].
If the [Iraqi] Kurds want to press for a separation of sorts, the boundary question becomes critically important. If Baghdad and Erbil continue to take unilateral steps things can only escalate.
From an outside perspective, [the ruling Palestinian Fatah has] almost no control in Gaza today, so [an announcement by Hamas to dissolve its Gaza administrative committee is] better than nothing.
Now the problem is that those [political] factions [across Libya] have fragmented internally. It's even more difficult to solicit representative views.
[U.S. President Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly] makes it sound unlikely that the US administration will certify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA [...], setting the world up for a new crisis.
[The Nigerian government] needs to reverse the bad governance, economic desperation and social hopelessness that push so many youths to radical ideologues.
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Tamil-speaking women in Sri Lanka’s north and east pushed for accountability and truth during the country’s civil war but have been marginalised during the transitional justice process. The government and international actors must include their voices and address their injustices and difficult economic situation to ensure lasting peace.
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Originally published in Open Government Partnership
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