A still photograph shows what appears to be North Korea's new Chollima-1 rocket being launched in Cholsan County, North Korea, May 31, 2023, in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency and taken from video.

Interpreting North Korea’s Failed Satellite Launch

On 31 May, Pyongyang tried – and failed – to send a military reconnaissance satellite into space. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Chris Green explains why it took this action and what can be done to keep regional tensions from rising.

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22 May 2023
Economic problems are fueling political discontent and democratic backsliding in countries ranging from Pakistan to Tunisia. Time

Richard Gowan

UN Director
19 May 2023
The Europeans feel that they are on the front line of instability in North Africa and in the Mediterranean. Euronews

Riccardo Fabiani

Project Director, North Africa
17 May 2023
It's important to remember that [Syrian president] Assad's return to the Arab League is a symbolic measure to begin the process of ending his regional isolation. AFP

Anna Jacobs

Senior Analyst, Gulf states
4 May 2023
Saudi Arabia is seeking to assert itself more and more on the international stage through mediation and raising its diplomatic profile. CNN

Anna Jacobs

Senior Analyst, Gulf states
3 May 2023
The Horn is highly strategic, and a microcosm of other international disputes. The Economist

Comfort Ero

President & CEO
3 May 2023
Any release of prisoners is of course welcome for the individuals and their families, but this does not represent any sort of concession by the regime [in Myanmar]. AFP

Richard Horsey

Senior Adviser, Myanmar

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