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Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Iraqi youth who came of age during the post-2003 turmoil share a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment. Across the political spectrum, they feel trapped: join a protest movement or militia, or emigrate. Even amid the severe challenges the government and its partners face, this generation must be prioritised, lest Iraq’s most important resource become a major security threat.

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18 Aug 2016
The over-focus on a new peacekeeping mandate at the expense of political developments in the country [South Sudan] reflects international disunity and a lack of political strategy. Washington Post
18 Aug 2016
Victory in Sirte will not help the political and military divisions in the country [Libya]. If left to linger, the situation will further deteriorate. Financial Times

Claudia Gazzini

Senior Analyst, Libya
18 Aug 2016
The media have turned Pastor Evan [leader of the Zimbabwean protest movement #ThisFlag] into some kind of symbolic messiah, which he’s not. Daily Maverick

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
18 Aug 2016
Le régime burundais est en grande difficulté. Et le problème des gouvernements qui arrivent à bout d’arguments, c’est que ça mène à de plus en plus de violence. La Presse

Thierry Vircoulon

Senior Consultant, Central Africa
16 Aug 2016
Russia is intensely frustrated by the lack of movement on the February 2015 Minsk agreement, and has sought to put the onus for the lack of progress on Ukraine. Reuters

Paul Quinn-Judge

Senior Adviser, Ukraine and Russia
13 Aug 2016
We need some kind of political solution to this conflict, and this resolution doesn’t do that. Financial Times

Casie Copeland

Senior Analyst, South Sudan


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