Media quotes December 2023
Media quotes December 2023
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Media quotes December 2023

29 November 2023
[At COP28] African negotiators are grappling with how to ensure that climate diplomacy is shielded from the many wars and economic distractions going on. News24

Nazanine Moshiri

Senior Analyst, Climate, Environment & Conflict, Africa
2 December 2023
North-South conversation at COP was never going to be easy, but the timing and severity of the [Gaza] war … could distract attention from vital issues. CNN

Ulrich Eberle

Project Director, Climate, Environment and Conflict
30 November 2023
The Indian Ocean has become the main theatre for the great power rivalry between the US and China. And Moscow would like to enhance its strategic presence in the region. Voice of America

Praveen Donthi

Senior Analyst, India
28 November 2023
It is crucial that politicians and diplomats do not let the crisis in the Middle East distract them from the longer-term risks of climate change. CNA

Ulrich Eberle

Project Director, Climate, Environment and Conflict
29 November 2023
There is a limit to how far Iran and Saudi Arabia can go in de-escalating tensions between themselves if the entire region is ablaze because of the war in Gaza. Bloomberg

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
7 December 2023
The Congolese state is still riven with corruption and [president Felix Tshisekedi] hasn’t done anything visible or immediately obvious to tackle it. Al Jazeera

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Great Lakes (Interim)
7 December 2023
If the war goes the way it’s been going, the border between Egypt and Gaza will come under immense pressure. Reality might have a say then. The National

Michael Wahid Hanna

Program Director, U.S.
9 December 2023
[Putin’s] goal is to force the West to negotiate on Moscow's terms … on the entire post-Soviet space. He wants to divide the world into spheres of influence again. The Moscow Times

Oleg Ignatov

Senior Analyst, Russia
8 December 2023
There are so many points of tension [between the Houthis and Iran]. The longer the [Gaza] war goes on, the bigger the risk of tensions getting completely out of control. The New York Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
14 December 2023
Russian diplomats see the war in the Middle East as a huge opportunity to reset their position at the U.N. Reuters

Richard Gowan

UN Director
12 December 2023
The length and intensity of Israel’s operations in Gaza have left many UN members convinced that a ceasefire is essential. Doha News

Richard Gowan

UN Director
11 December 2023
I’m optimistic about renewables and pessimistic about everything else … it is hard to be positive when emissions are continuing unabated. Anadolu Agency

Andrew Ciacci

Researcher, Future of Conflict
13 December 2023
When the Myanmar military feels under pressure, its normal response is to ramp up the level of violence. The Wall Street Journal

Richard Horsey

Senior Adviser, Myanmar
15 December 2023
Ukraine's weapons supplies are depleted by the counteroffensive, and its allies are struggling to quickly ramp up production. DW

Alissa de Carbonnel

Deputy Program Director, Europe and Central Asia
13 December 2023
Especially after the elections in Turkey, the EU is looking for new ways of having a more constructive and less acrimonious relationship with Turkey. P.A. Turkey

Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye
15 December 2023
Moscow's strategy of waiting for an erosion of European unity over Ukraine could yet prove a miscalculation. DW

Simon Schlegel

Senior Analyst, Ukraine
12 December 2023
Vietnam fought wars with both US and China, and now has comprehensive strategic partnerships [the highest level] with both of them — that is a masterclass of diplomacy. Financial Times

Huong Le Thu

Deputy Program Director, Asia
18 December 2023
Japan, who is by far the most trusted partner of many ASEAN member states, is stepping up in playing a security role in the [Indo-Pacific] region. Radio Free Asia

Huong Le Thu

Deputy Program Director, Asia
20 December 2023
The [Sudanese] army has never had to fight a war like this before and has shown itself not fit for purpose. The New York Times

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa
20 December 2023
The Houthis have made clear that as soon as Israel halts its offensive in Gaza, then they will also stop firing at commercial shipping [in the Red Sea]. Anadolu Agency

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
20 December 2023
The credibility of the elections [in the DRC] has been severely damaged and the opposition may contest not only the outcome but the entire process. The Guardian

Richard Moncrieff

Project Director, Great Lakes (Interim)
20 December 2023
There hasn't been a major ceasefire push since the first few weeks of the war in Sudan … It's been a giant mess. The Economist

Alan Boswell

Project Director, Horn of Africa

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