Analysts: Poor Economy, Unemployment Lure Tunisians to Extremism - VOA

Friday, September 21, 2018

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Seven years after the Arab Spring, little has been done to address youth unemployment in Tunisia, a key factor in extremist groups' ability to recruit marginalized youth, rights groups and experts warn. "Someone who is marginalized with nothing to lose, no stability in life, no vision of the future, no hope for change, can become a very easy target for...

US wants to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang after North-South summit - Guardian

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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The US has said it is ready to “immediately” restart stalled negotiations with North Korea about nuclear disarmament in light of agreements reached at a summit of the two Koreas in Pyongyang. At that meeting, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, promised to dismantle a missile engine test site and launchpad, and made a conditional offer to shut down his country’s main nuclear complex at Yongbyon. The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said on Wednesday he had invited his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, to meet in New York next week where both...

Pyongyang summit puts pressure on Moon to deliver - Washington Times

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in will push North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to detail his nuclear programs when the two meet Wednesday for the second day of a high-stakes summit that could make or break President Trump’s own pursuit of diplomacy with Pyongyang. With the Moon-Kim summit in the North Korean capital marking the third time the two have met in eight months, the South Korean president faces mounting pressure to get Mr. Kim to show serious action on denuclearization — lest the North’s currently stalled talks with Washington collapse...

What’s at stake in the North-South Korea summit? - PBS NewsHour

Monday, September 17, 2018

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As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in kick off a three-day summit Tuesday, Moon’s main goals are to improve relations with North Korea and try to keep denuclearization on track. North Korea has committed to denuclearization several times this year, in meetings with South Korean leaders and, most visibly, at the Singapore summit with President Donald Trump in June. But it’s still unclear how much...

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...

Fragility & Resilience

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...