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What can be done to save the Rohingya?

During the 2015 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in Kuala Lumpur, the regional bloc briefly and fruitlessly deliberated on the plight of the persecuted Rohingya ethnic group within Burma. The Burmese delegation refused to participate and absolved themselves of responsibility in the matter, declaring the Rohingya were no more than migrant Bangladeshis and […]

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Campaign Success!

Earlier this year, we joined the Congo advocacy community in a  to promote free and fair elections in the DR Congo by imploring Secretary of State John Kerry to impose targeted sanctions on President Joseph Kabila and his inner circle. We are very pleased to announce that our organizing efforts were a success. As of […]

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Sanctions Campaign Success for DR Congo

Earlier this year, we joined the Congo advocacy community in a campaign to promote free and fair elections in the DR Congo by imploring Secretary of State John Kerry to impose targeted sanctions on President Joseph Kabila and his inner circle. We are very pleased to announce that our organizing efforts were a success. As […]

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The Seleka, Anti-Balaka, and a Way Forward

Horrific violence, which has plagued the Central African Republic (CAR) since late 2012, was precipitated by the disintegration of the state, a plunge into a survival economy, and widening divides between ethno-religious groups. In addition to CAR government, two other belligerents emerged in this conflict – the Muslim Seleka rebel movement (who initiated the fighting) […]

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A Possibility of Extermination

This past week, Aung San Suu Kyi, an enduring symbol of the struggle for democracy in Burma and now State Counsellor of Myanmar, made an official visit to Thailand, where she was greeted by thousands of her compatriots living and working in Bangkok. Many of them belong to the Rohingya ethnic group, whom The Economist […]

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Red flags we can’t ignore

Warning signs, grimly reminiscent of previous episodes of genocide, are appearing across Burundi. This tiny nation, nestled within the green hills of equatorial Africa, has hosted disproportionate rates of ethnic violence in the decades since independence. Shortly before its neighbor to the north, Rwanda, collapsed into one of the worst genocides in history, Burundi underwent […]

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CAR’s refugees – between a rock and a hard place

Years of conflict in the Central African Republic has generated roughly half a million refugees. With over 100 residents of the nation’s capital, Bangui, killed between last September and November this past year, the violence is likely to continue and to generate further waves of citizens see king refuge. Cameroon has become the preferred destination […]

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The Cancer within Peacekeeping

Last month, an International Criminal Court tribunal found the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, guilty of allowing his soldiers to commit rape throughout their 2004 deployment in the Central African Republic (CAR). This verdict, an all-too-rare victory for wartime accountability, came just a few weeks before three UN peacekeepers, all […]

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A Troubled History

Horrific violence, which has plagued the Central African Republic (CAR) since late 2012, was precipitated by the disintegration of the state, a plunge into a survival economy, and widening divides between ethno-religious groups. In addition to the CAR government, two other belligerents emerged in this conflict – the Muslim Séléka rebel movement (who initiated the […]

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Central African Republic’s New President

On March 30, the Central African Republic will usher in a new presidential era as sectarian tensions threaten to unravel the nation’s hard-earned peace. Faustin-Archange Touadera, former prime minister, and current president-elect will inherit a nation teetering on the edge of renewed violence. Mr. Touadera’s career in national politics began in January 2008 when the […]