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War Crimes in Sri Lanka. An international inquiry is essential
Brussels - Newly revealed evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka last year makes an international inquiry essential. (Full Story)
Thailand. The political system has broken down: What should be done now
Bangkok/Brussels - The Thai political system has broken down and seems incapable of pulling the country back from the brink of widespread conflict. The stand-off in the streets of Bangkok between the government and Red Shirt protesters is worsening and could deteriorate into an undeclared civil war. The country's polarisation demands immediate action in the form of assistance from neutral figures from outside. It is time for Thailand to consider help from international friends to avoid a slide into wider violence. Even the most advanced democracies have accepted this. (Full Story)
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The U.S. should take steps to maximise odds of success
Tipping Point? Palestinians and the Search for a New Strategy, the latest International Crisis Group background report, discusses why Palestinians, who are most in need of a resolution, balk at resuming negotiations; why, although President Obama appears willing to be engaged and confront Israel, Palestinians have denied him the chance to advance talks; and why, seventeen years after Oslo, the best that can be done is get the parties to talk indirectly. (Full Story)
Turkey's ability to improve regional peace will grow
Istanbul/Brussels - Turkey’s sometimes controversial new Middle East activism is an asset to the EU and U.S., and attractive in the region, but only if Ankara pursues its long-standing integration with the West. (Full Story)
Somalia’s Puntland State to Strengthen Anti-Piracy Operations
Amidst a score of news reports on the raging fight against piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa comes an interesting signal from the regional government of Puntland in Somalia: The regional security minister of the Somali semi-autonomous government, General Yusuf Ahmed Kheyr, said in a press conference on Saturday that his administration has lost patience with the pirates and vows to increase anti-piracy operations in the unpatrolled waters of the troubled region. (Full Story)
Haiti UN Conference. To make reconstruction work, the process must uphold democracy
Port-au-Prince/Bogotá/Brussels - As a critical strategy conference convenes today at the UN, a Haitian-owned and led process, based on broad consensus among Haitians and with resolute international support, is needed to build the country back better after the devastating earthquake. (Full Story)
Sudan. A legal environment for free elections does not exist

Nairobi/Brussels - The Khartoum government is rigging the 11-13 April elections in Darfur to return an indicted president and his party to power with catastrophic consequences for Sudan.

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North Korea's internal problems could have unanticipated implications
Seoul/Brussels - The recent tightening of economic sanctions, compounded with domestic problems, could trigger North Korean instability as the country’s human security tragedy continues to deteriorate.
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Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh remains a potent threat
Dhaka/Brussels - The Bangladesh government has taken steps to dismantle the terrorist group Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), but it should not take its demise for granted: the organisation is regrouping and the possibility of another attack is increasing. (Full Story)
March 7 Iraqi Elections. The international community should intensify its electoral monitoring
Baghdad/Washington/Brussels : The run-up to the Iraqi elections on 7 March has brought to light deep-seated problems that threaten the country’s fragile recovery.
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