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Uzbekistan: Reform or Repeat?

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.

In The News

8 Dec 2016
The Iranians know that if they are seen internationally as acting out of pique, it could turn into an own goal of epic proportions. The Los Angeles Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
7 Dec 2016
The retaking of Sirte is certainly a negative blow to Islamic State affiliates in Libya because they will no longer have a territorial stronghold in the country. The Washington Post

Claudia Gazzini

Senior Analyst, Libya
4 Dec 2016
For some women trapped in domestic life, Boko Haram offers an escape. But this reflects a huge abyss of desperation among women and a failure of society in the northeast [of Nigeria]. Reuters

Rinaldo Depagne

Project Director, West Africa
3 Dec 2016
There are weapons everywhere [in Sudan] and a limited capacity or willingness to do anything about it. The Economist

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
3 Dec 2016
[CENCO in DR Congo] wanted to give the impression to the international community and to the region that they had exploited all avenues to enlarge the agreement they concluded in October. Voice of America

Hans Hoebeke

Senior Analyst, Congo
1 Dec 2016
Even if there is a ceasefire brokered by the UN nationally, it's going to be impossible to stop the fighting on the ground in places like Taiz. BBC News

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula


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Centrafrique : alerte de crise

En Centrafrique, le statu quo qui a suivi l'investiture du président Touadéra en mars 2016 est déjà remis en cause. Les tensions montent tandis que le blocage est total sur l’accord de désarmement, démobilisation et réinsertion, nœud gordien de la crise centrafricaine. Tout doit être mis en œuvre lors de la conférence des donateurs pour la Centrafrique, qui se déroule le 17 novembre à Bruxelles, pour éviter une nouvelle tentative de déstabilisation, voire un renversement du pouvoir.

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Report / Africa

Cameroun : faire face à Boko Haram

Bien que tardive, la réponse militaire du gouvernement camerounais contre l'insurrection de Boko Haram a été dans une certaine mesure efficace. Afin de consolider les acquis sécuritaires et permettre une paix durable, les autorités doivent encourager le développement socioéconomique, la lutte contre le radicalisme religieux, et renforcer les services publics dans l’Extrême-Nord.

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Commentary / Africa

Réfugiés burundais : l’avenir insaisissable

Si certains réfugiés burundais se sont résolus à la vie en exil, rares sont ceux qui ont laissé derrière eux la crise qui frappe leur pays. Dans cet article, le dernier d’une série de trois, des réfugiés burundais tentent d’envisager l’avenir, entre abattement et désir de reconquérir la « liberté » et une place dans leur société.