April 30, 2017

South Sudan’s Peace Needs More than Tents and Generators

SPLM/A-In Opposition at the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Workshop in Addis Ababa on 17 September 2015. (Photo via CRISIS GROUP)

As temperatures continue to rise in Juba, so do tensions. Many Western donors feel the government is holding them and the peace deal hostage in the hope of getting cash for implementation. Read More »

Why Putin Has Pulled Russia out of Syria

Fighter jets parked at Russian air base in Latakia, Syria. (Photo via video stream)

The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead. Read More »

The Kaesong’s Woes on the Korean Peninsula

A view of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. (Photo by Wiki Commons)

The closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex has virtually revived the Cold War between the two Koreas. Tensions are likely to escalate on the Korean Peninsula in the days ahead. Read More »

Darkness at High Noon in Korea

The border at Dorasan South Korea looking into the DMZ 38th Parallel. Beyond that is North Korea. (Photo by alflier001, Creative Commons License)

With governments on both sides of the DMZ extinguishing what little remained of the "sunshine era" of engagement, the peninsula is lurching toward a new period of darkness. Read More »

Is Rwanda Stoking Ethnic Fires in Burundi?

Young Burundian refugees at Mahama Refugee Camp celebrate the festive season with music, dance and drama last year. (File photo via The New Times)

According to both the United Nations and the United States, Rwanda is arming and training Burundian rebels. The goal is to bring down President Nkurunziza, but why? What’s in it for Rwanda? Here is an insight into the complex relationship between two neighbors who really don’t get along. Read More »

Food Security: Asia’s Critical Balancing Act

Rice fields in Nepal. (Photo by Sharada Prasad CS, Creative Commons License)

The sustainability of Asia’s food production systems is being questioned in a world with intensive agriculture. Current agricultural production and distribution already leaves hundreds of millions of people hungry in the world, while growth in agricultural production under a business-as-usual model will likely contribute to the planet approaching or even surpassing its safe operating space in terms of biodiversity, climate change and the nitrogen cycle. Read More »

Five Years of Arab Spring: Why it Failed?

A taxi drives past Syrian soldiers manning a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Karama area in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs on May 2, 2012. (File photo by FreedomHouse)

There is little hope for peace in much of West Asia five years after the advent of Arab Spring. Every country is going through its own doomsday, reflected everyday with the uncountable number of innocent deaths. Read More »

Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at NY event on industrialization in Africa in September 2015. (Photo by UNDO, Creative Commons License)

Protests broke out in Ethiopia in November, and the government is continuing its massive crackdown. Read More »

Global Inequality Reaches New Extremes: Report

A view of Manila from a nearby slum. (Photo by Marcin Gabruk, Creative Commons License)

The richest 1% now own more wealth than the rest of the world combined while the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in the past five years. Read More »

Africa’s Success Story

Botswana's capital city Gaborone at night. (Photo via Botswana Tourism)

Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society. Read More »