After Imran Khan’s talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban remarks, Pakistan minister says check background - Hindustan Times

Saturday, October 2, 2021

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A Pakistan minister has defended Prime Minister Imran Khan after he said that his government is holding talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), sparking criticism. In an interview with a Turkish news channel, Imran Khan said that the Pakistan government holding talks with some groups of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to ask them to lay down their weapons and make them agree to adhere to the country's constitution...

Violent Extremism; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Confronting Extremism Leanne Erdberg Steadman (′08) focuses on peace to prevent terrorism. - Boston University's The Record

Thursday, September 30, 2021

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In 2015, Al-Shabaab, a Somali extremist group, launched the worst terrorist attack in Kenya since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy there. Moving among dorms at a local university, terrorists separated Christian students from Muslim students and killed the Christians. By the end of the attack, 147 students were killed...

Violent Extremism

Africa Update: From Guinea to Zambia - Voice of America

Friday, September 24, 2021

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On this Africa edition of Encounter, Joshua Meservey, senior policy analyst for Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation and Oge Onubogu, director of the West Africa program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, discuss setbacks in democracy and good governance as exemplified by coups in Guinea and Mali, the need to strengthen regional institutions like ECOWAS and the African Union and the importance of fostering positive trends...

Democracy & Governance

Can the World Get Aid to Afghanistan? - The Diplomat

Friday, September 24, 2021

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The troubled nation of Afghanistan, set in unforgiving deserts and the foothills of the Hindu Kush, is once again sagging under the yoke of a medieval-minded regime that enforces draconian punishments and gender rules that echo those of 16th or 17th century Europe. According to international experts trying to come up with a viable plan to help oppressed and underfed Afghans, the truth of Afghanistan in 2021 is significantly stranger than an imaginary dystopia...

Global Policy

Is There Such Thing as a Good Coup in Africa? - Pan African Visions

Friday, September 24, 2021

By: Jude Mutah

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Although not a new phenomenon in Africa, military takeovers or coups occurred with disturbing frequency over the last year, writes Dr. Jude Mutah, an Africa program specialist at the United States Institute of Peace and a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). While experts argue that democracy is backsliding or shrinking in Africa, recent developments prompt the question: were democratic values ever really embedded...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Al-Shabaab And Chinese Trade Practices In Mozambique - War on the Rocks

Thursday, September 23, 2021

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In 2020, eight Mozambican public officials and one Chinese national named Zhao were arrested for illegally harvesting and exporting timber from Cabo Delgado — Mozambique’s northernmost province — to China. According to local reports, five of the Mozambicans are awaiting trial while Zhao and three Mozambicans have been released, and the seized wood was...

Violent Extremism; Economics & Environment