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Diplomacy & Peace

West African states pledge regional anti-Boko Haram force

West African nations have pledged to establish an anti-Boko Haram force.Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon pledged on Wednesday to mobilize a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria.

Central African Republic groups sign ceasefire after talks

Seleka rebels.Central African Republic's mainly Muslim Seleka rebels signed a ceasefire with the "anti-balaka" Christian militia on Wednesday, after having dropped their demand for the country to be split in two along religious lines.

ISS: Playing for time in the South Sudan peace process

SPLA soldiers.The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation process in South Sudan hit another hurdle when talks that were meant to resume on 22 June 2014 were adjourned indefinitely. This followed on objections from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM in Opposition) over the inclusion of civil society groups in the peace process.

ISS: Surrender or tactical deceit - has the FDLR really given up the fight?

Congolese rebels.Is the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), which famously routed the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year, now snatching defeat from the jaws of a complete victory against all disruptive forces in the region?

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