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Fighters of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) walk in the damaged streets of Sinjar, Iraq, Jan. 29, 2015 (AP photo by Bram Janssen).
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Syria Crisis Raising Tensions Among Kurdish Factions

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The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party have exchanged harsh words recently over who has control over the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq. In an interview, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies’ Jordi Tejel discussed intra-Kurdish tensions. more


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Illegal Mining Raises Security, Environmental Concerns in Colombia

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The head of the United Nations refugee agency in Colombia recently said that illegal mining and drug violence will continue to displace citizens, even if a peace deal is signed with FARC rebels. In an interview, Juan F. Vargas of the University of Rosario in Bogota discussed illegal mining in Colombia. more

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Friction Grows Between Hamas’ Gaza- and Foreign-Based Leaders

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The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Iran has transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas’ military wing over recent months in an effort to revive ties. In an interview, Nathan Thrall, a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, discussed Hamas’ internal divisions. more

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New Technologies Complicate U.S.-Russia-China Arms Control

By Richard Weitz
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The 2015 review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which began yesterday, will put a spotlight on a number of issues, including the potential for a nuclear deal with Iran. However, the current arms control stalemate among the U.S., Russia and China will also shape the conference’s outcome. more

Thunder God: Values, Corruption and Nigeria’s Election

By Sarah Chayes
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Corruption is not only a problem of governance, but a profound moral challenge for Nigerian society. It helps explain the results of last month’s remarkable presidential election, as well as the emergence and endurance of the radical Boko Haram insurgency that has terrorized northern Nigeria. more

Burkina Faso’s Electoral Reforms Test Fragile Transition

By Ernest Harsch
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Ambitious reforms pushed by activists within Burkina Faso’s interim government, including a new electoral code that effectively bars leading supporters of ousted President Blaise Compaore from running in October elections, could complicate the country’s transition. Holdovers of the old regime are in a position to push back. more

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Internal Security Concerns Keep Pakistan Out of Yemen Coalition

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Last week, Pakistan agreed to send ships to help enforce an arms embargo against Houthi rebels in Yemen, but declined to send aircraft or troops to participate in the Saudi-led coalition there. In an interview, Ayesha Siddiqa, an independent security analyst, discussed Pakistan’s military capabilities. more