The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic recovery. But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the accord.
From Turkey to Mexico, the world’s most volatile flashpoints will get a lot more unpredictable this year.
Originally published in Foreign Policy
[Netanyahu] feels that Abbas has been able to do this to him — to outsmart him and get the international community to support Palestinian views.
The [Iran nuclear] agreement's collapse appears neither imminent nor inevitable. What seems more likely is its gradual erosion under the new U.S. administration.
The Trump administration will have to deal with the fact that the European and Arab countries are saying: '[the two-state solution] is what we are committed to.'
[Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic] knows very well that if there is no Putin in the Kremlin, there will be no Kadyrov in Grozny.
On the migration issue in particular, the international community now wants to work with Sudan and it is felt that isolation has not helped come up with solutions.
The Nigerian government owes [the Chibok girls'] parents and the public the fundamental responsibility of accounting for every one of them.
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At the heart of disenchantment with President Kabila’s government lie deep economic woes.
Originally published in African Arguments
Originally published in Independent Online
It is largely because of women’s compromised position in society that insurgent groups such as Boko Haram can continue to survive.
Originally published in Mail and Guardian Africa
After 25 years of authoritarian rule, Uzbekistan faces unpredictable neighbours, a jihadi threat and deep socio-economic challenges. New President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has taken small steps toward vital domestic and foreign policy reform, and outside partners should push him to do more to avert real dangers ahead.
Women have suffered violence and abuse by Boko Haram, but they are not only victims: some joined the jihadists voluntarily, others fight the insurgency, or work in relief and reconciliation. Women’s experiences should inform policies to tackle the insurgency, and facilitate their contribution to peace.