At summit, South Korea's Moon seeks to play 'chief negotiator' between Kim, Trump - Reuters

Friday, September 14, 2018

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Next week's inter-Korean summit will test whether South Korean President Moon Jae-in can pull off his role of mediator and salvage stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington. Moon will cross the border into the North for his third meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, amid scepticism over whether the North Korean leader was serious about denuclearization, a goal vowed at his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June. Trump last...

Taliban ready to talk peace but what does it want? - The Week

Friday, September 14, 2018

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The Taliban has indicated that it is willing to engage in another round of peace talks with the US, according to reports. The latest negotiations, which follow largely unsuccessful talks with State Department officials in Doha in July, could address a possible prisoner swap, Reuters reports. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has repeatedly invited the Taliban to the negotiating table, but the group says it will only talk to American representatives...

Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018: analysts - AFP

Friday, September 14, 2018

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The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion. The grim assessment contrasts sharply with the consistently upbeat public view of the conflict from NATO's Resolute Support mission in Kabul, and underscores the growing sense of hopelessness in the war-torn country. It suggests that US President Donald Trump's...

New Global Strategy Needed to Fight Extremism, Britain's Blair Says - VOA

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Thursday that the current global approach in the fight against Islamist terrorism adopted since the 9/11 attacks has failed. A more complex strategy is needed, he said. "The essence of my message today is to say that when you look at the scale and the scope of this problem, without combating the ideology and the ideas, you will never defeat the extremism," Blair said during a speech at...

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With looming Idlib crisis, what can we expect from another round of Syria peace talks? - PBS NewsHour

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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The next round of Syria peace talks are scheduled to begin Friday, even as the international community braces for a potential bloodbath in Idlib province, the country’s last rebel stronghold. The United Nations said a major offensive by the Syrian regime and its allies in the northwestern province could be the “worst humanitarian disaster” of the 21st century, putting at risk more than 3 million people in Idlib and the surrounding areas...

Nancy Lindborg on what ‘fragility’ actually means - IRC and Vox

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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The nature of war is changing. Whereas in the 1960s, almost 70% of conflict took place in the poorest countries, by the 2000s, middle-income countries were seeing the largest share of conflict. These are places like Syria, Nigeria and Myanmar — relatively rich countries, at least judging by GDP, but with localized or widespread violence and massive displacement. Before the civil war began in 2011, Syria was one of the wealthiest countries...

Experts: Global extremism threat has grown since 9/11 - AP

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Extremism poses a greater global threat today than it did 17 years ago, despite costly U.S. military action overseas, according to members of the U.S. government commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks. Deaths from terrorist attacks each year have increased substantially since 2001 and violent extremism has spread, according to the report Tuesday from the task force on extremism in fragile states led by...

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Is America’s Global Influence Waning? Report Says Russia And China Could Spark Extremism Without U.S. Leadership - Newsweek

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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A new report by the leaders of the 9/11 Commission has warned that growing Russian and Chinese influence threatens to create more extremism worldwide, and encouraged the U.S. to fight to retain global leadership. Released on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the document suggests Russian and Chinese interests could see the two countries support more authoritarian governments across the developing world, which...

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Report: Counterterrorism Should Pivot To Strengthen Fragile States - NPR

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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A new report says U.S. counterterrorism efforts need to focus much more on the long-term goal of supporting fragile countries and preventing extremism from taking root. The report, sponsored by the nonpartisan U.S. Institute of Peace, says that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. response was to protect the homeland and pursue terrorists abroad. Now, the authors say, the U.S. should emphasize the stabilization of countries where...

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