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Venezuela: An Opportunity That Should Be Seized

A series of gestures from Caracas suggests that President Nicolás Maduro’s government might be more willing to negotiate with rivals and enact partial reforms. Washington should respond in kind with phased sanctions relief and diplomatic gestures that can be reversed if Venezuela backslides.

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In his Interim President’s Take on this month’s CrisisWatch, Richard Atwood looks at what Somalia’s political crisis and Chadian President’s Idriss Déby’s death mean for Africa’s struggles against Islamist militancy.

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For an International Women’s Day special episode of Hold Your Fire!, Naz Modirzadeh and Richard Atwood talk to Azadeh Moaveni, Crisis Group’s gender and conflict expert, about the Women, Peace and Security agenda and Crisis Group’s work on gender and conflict.

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6 May 2021
Protesters’ demands are really growing by the day [in Columbia]. It’s a list of very significant changes for the state and for right or wrong, they would entail very significant, deep reforms... Al Jazeera

Elizabeth Dickinson

Senior Analyst, Colombia
4 May 2021
The national army has always been the biggest source of armaments for armed groups in Congo. What’s really needed is a demobilization plan and political deals to discourage support to armed groups. Reuters

Dino Mahtani

Deputy Director, Africa Program
3 May 2021
Déby’s death is certainly a hard blow to the multinational efforts for both security and development cooperation in the Lake Chad region. The Africa Report

Nnamdi Obasi

Senior Adviser, Nigeria
1 May 2021
The [economic] impact [of the pandemic in Africa] has been immense. These are countries with very limited social safety nets, and … very little resources to respond to a crisis of this magnitude. The Guardian

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
28 Apr 2021
This is the Iranian equivalent of an October surprise -- a deliberate leak timed to prevent the pro-engagement forces of Iranian politics from having any say in the upcoming elections RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
27 Apr 2021
Any sort of miscalculation could happen [in Somalia]. It just takes one trigger-happy soldier to fire on the other side, and that's going to erupt those dynamics. AFP

Omar Mahmood

Senior Analyst, Somalia

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