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
We’re in uncharted territory [with Moscow-led Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan]. We’re here in Russia’s back yard, and the ball is in their court.
Russia doesn't appear to share Iran's key priorities in Syria. Not only does Assad appear more dispensable to Russia, but Russian officials also appear more comfortable with the concept of federalism.
Obama's hasty exit strategy along a set timeline had a negative impact on the dynamics of conflict in Afghanistan.
[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.'
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Political and social leaders are building a new network for women peace mediators in Africa. Crisis Group’s Director of Research Isabelle Arradon attended the African Union conference that debated the idea, and was inspired by the individual initiatives already pushing for change on the continent.
President Salva Kiir has played a weak hand well since his main rival was forced out of Juba in July. To avoid new flare-ups in South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war, Kiir and regional states should step up their work on a more inclusive transitional government and peace deals with local rebel groups.
Originally published in Jeune Afrique
At the heart of disenchantment with President Kabila’s government lie deep economic woes.
Originally published in African Arguments
Originally published in Independent Online