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Bishkek/Brussels - If Central Asian countries want to survive as viable independent states and avoid political and social instability in the region, they need to make urgent reforms in the labour sector. (Full Story)
Six actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in December 2009, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group’s monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today. (Full Story)
Jakarta/Brussels - The international outrage generated by last month’s massacre in Maguindanao, southern Philippines, of 57 men and women, half of them journalists, may offer opportunities to make progress in the areas of justice, security and peace. (Full Story)
Bogotá/Brussels - The decision on whether to change the constitution to enable President Álvaro Uribe to seek a third consecutive term in 2010 will have important consequences for Colombia’s efforts to resolve its armed conflict and tensions with its neighbours. (Full Story)
Damascus/Washington/Brussels - Syria’s foreign policy has long been a contradictory mix of militancy and pragmatism, but new dynamics create opportunities for the U.S. if it does more to deepen its engagement. (Full Story)
Nairobi/Brussels - If the international community does not step in to ensure full implementation of Sudan’s North-South peace deal and shore up other failing centre-periphery agreements, the country risks a return to all-out civil war. (Full Story)
Damascus/Brussels - U.S. diplomatic engagement with Syria risks losing momentum if it fails to build upon several potentially promising changes in Damascus’s policy. (Full Story)
Bishkek/Brussels - Prisons in Central Asia are becoming hothouses for the growth of militant Islamism, threatening long-term stability in the region. (Full Story)
For the third time since 1998 the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence (MoND) released its white paper and gave a detailed insight into budget matters and its defence posture regarding national as well as cross-border issues. (Full Story)
Not many modern armed forces unite in their inventory, and particularly among their key assets, technology from two – in political terms – entirely opposite origins. It is more common in the countries of the former Soviet bloc where, since the fall of the iron curtain, Western technology slowly but ever increasingly found its way into countries primarily equipped with Russian weapon systems. (Full Story)
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