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Can Peacekeepers Break the Deadlock in Ukraine?

Implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreement remains deadlocked. Russia’s first proposal of a UN peacekeeping force in Ukraine’s breakaway eastern regions cannot work, but it opens a much-needed window for diplomacy.

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15 Dec 2017
There are still major questions and a lot of potential for escalating violence in various parts of Syria. Reuters

Noah Bonsey

Senior Analyst, Syria
14 Dec 2017
Hamas finds itself in the awkward position of having moved, slowly and grudgingly, towards an international consensus position only to find the consensus falling apart. Al-Ahram

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
14 Dec 2017
Most people agree at this point that the Saudis are facing a legitimate security threat and that Iran is part of the problem. By continuing down this road, things will just get worse. The Washington Post

April Longley Alley

Project Director, Gulf and Arabian Peninsula
14 Dec 2017
Nobody doubts that Iran has been helping the [Yemeni] Houthis. [But], nobody doubts that Saudi Arabia has been conducting activities that are violations of the rules of war either. The New York Times

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy
13 Dec 2017
Without a [U.S.] reversal of the recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel's capital], the [Palestine Liberation Organization] would need something on the scale of U.S. recognition of Palestine. Pacific Standard

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
12 Dec 2017
[Chinese President] Xi [Jinping] sees there is a strategic opportunity of Donald Trump having taken America in a different direction and seeing that void, that has led him to ramp up that policy further. Bloomberg

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia

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