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Tunisia. Corruption, discontent and indignation
Tunis/Brussels - Formidable social and economic challenges threaten to undermine – or even halt – progress in Tunisia, despite the country’s positive transition to democracy. (Full Story)
Sudan and South Sudan. UN Security Council should exert pressure for an immediate ceasefire
Brussels - Sudan and South Sudan are teetering on the brink of all-out war from which neither would benefit. Increasingly angry rhetoric, support for each other’s rebels, poor command and control, and brinkmanship, risk escalating limited and contained conflict into a full-scale confrontation between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) (Full Story)
Syria. Priority today must be de-escalation
Damascus/Brussels - With the Syrian crisis having taken a perilous turn, predictable obstacles in implementing UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan should not lead to dropping what - for now at least - remains the only serious option on the table. (Full Story)
Will the tragedy in Toulouse unite France?
by Rabbi François Garai

Geneva, Switzerland - The assassination of French Muslim and Christian military personnel and French Jewish civilians two weeks ago in Toulouse and Montauban has rocked France. Yet beyond the fears that this act has stirred among both French Jews and their Muslim compatriots, the desire for co-existence prevails. (Full Story)

Afghanistan: Toward a Political Settlement
Kabul/Brussels - A major course correction is needed if talks with the Taliban are to have any chance of delivering sustainable peace in Afghanistan. (Full Story)
Kofi Annan’s appointment. Now or Never: A Negotiated Transition for Syria
Damascus/Brussels -Kofi Annan’s appointment as joint UN/Arab League Special Envoy arguably offers a chance to rescue fading prospects for a negotiated transition in Syria. It must not be squandered. (Full Story)
Lebanon’s Palestinian Dilemma: The Struggle over Nahr al-Bared
Beirut/Brussels - Although attention naturally is focused on possible ripple effects on Lebanon from Syria’s conflict, it would be wrong to ignore the unresolved legacy of the battle that shook the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp five years ago. The risk of renewed flare-up, already significant, is now compounded by the regional crisis. (Full Story)
Iran’s Nuclear Program. The Risk of War and Lessons from Turkey
Istanbul/Washington/Brussels - As the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program edges closer to military confrontation, talks may be a way out but require mutual compromise and Western abandonment of the notion that a mix of threats and crippling sanctions will force Iran to back down. (Full Story)
Myanmar: A New Peace Initiative
Jakarta/Brussels - After demonstrating commitment to an extraordinary series of social, economic and political reforms, Myanmar’s new government has launched a bold peace initiative with potential to resolve the devastating 60-year civil war with ethnic groups. (Full Story)
The Syrian crisis enters its most dangerous stage
The Syrian crisis has entered its most dangerous stage, requiring urgent attention to issues that the international community and Syrian opposition have largely been ignoring. (Full Story)
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