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Senator Graham Urges Trump to Back Development Aid

Senator Graham Urges Trump to Back Development Aid

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Senator Lindsey Graham said President-elect Donald Trump needs to understand that foreign assistance is a critical tool for fighting terrorism around the world and requires a jolt in spending no less than his proposed boost for the military. Speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace’s “Passing the Baton” conference on Jan. 10, the South Carolina Republican said that, without more resources for intelligence and for humanitarian and development aid, the new administration “will miss the boat on w...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Human Rights; Fragility and Resilience; Democracy & Governance

South Sudan: Looming Genocide, Plans for Prevention

South Sudan: Looming Genocide, Plans for Prevention

Thursday, December 15, 2016

By: Fred Strasser

The likelihood that South Sudan will descend into genocide and mass starvation is growing by the day, say diplomats, advocates and journalists familiar with the central African nation. Violence has spread to previously peaceful regions, propelled by a political breakdown that increasingly is becoming a clash of ethnic groups. Efforts to mediate between the government and the armed opposition have collapsed. Action by the U.S. and the international community is needed urgently to prevent furth...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Human Rights; Fragility and Resilience; Democracy & Governance

Q&A: Central African Republic Waiting for Peace

Q&A: Central African Republic Waiting for Peace

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

By: USIP Staff

Nine months after the Central African Republic (CAR) held free, peaceful and democratic elections for president and parliament, the country continues to struggle for stability and progress. Half of the country remains in need of humanitarian aid, and an increase in violent incidents since September threatens to destabilize any progress made to date. At the end of November, clashes between factions of the ex-Séléka, a formerly united alliance of primarily Muslim armed groups, left 85 dead, 76 injured and 11,000 newly displaced.

Human Rights; Democracy & Governance; Religion; Electoral Violence; Fragility and Resilience

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