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Diplomacy & Peace

ISS: Divide and rule?

Protestors in Burundi.The most charitable interpretation one can put on Benjamin Mkapa’s Burundi peace talks is that they are a desperate grope in the dark for a resolution to the year-long crisis. The danger of such desperation though, is that it might do no more than further weaken President Pierre Nkurunziza’s political opponents.

U.N. Security Council ends more than a decade of sanctions, arms embargo on Liberia

The Liberian flag.The United Nations Security Council voted on Wednesday to end sanctions and an arms embargo on Liberia, citing the West African country's successful stabilization more than a decade after a 14-year civil war that killed nearly 250,000 people.

Western Accord 2016 concludes

Western Accord. The Burkina Faso Prime Minister, U.S. Ambassador for Burkina Faso and Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Africa attended a Closing Ceremony for Western Accord 2016, on May 13, at Camp Zagre in Burkina Faso.

Burundi peace talks open in Tanzania with opposition criticism

Pierre Nkurunziza.Tanzania opened peace talks on Saturday in a bid to end a political crisis in Burundi, but some opponents said the absence of several leading opposition groups made it more like a "monologue" by the government, undermining the process.

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