Burundi Crisis Latest Victim of Russia-West Standoff at U.N.

Burundians carry their belongings on bicycles, Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov. 7, 2015 (AP photo).
Burundians carry their belongings on bicycles, Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov. 7, 2015 (AP photo).

It is hard to imagine that any crisis could do more harm to the United Nations than the Syrian war. But mass bloodshed in Burundi, whose long-brewing meltdown has become the latest victim of Russia’s diplomatic standoff with the West at the U.N., could yet achieve this unenviable feat. Diplomats and conflict specialists are, to put it mildly, in an unmitigated panic over Burundi. This April, the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, announced that he would sidestep constitutional limits to run for a third term. Despite an abortive coup in May, ongoing violence and criticism from the U.S., Nkurunziza went on […]

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