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World peace: the most under-appreciated international security issue | GlobalPost

Commentary: Wars between countries are rare, a fact that may predict long-term trends. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The very phrase “world peace” has become something of a synonym for naiveté. Yet in recent years, compelling evidence has emerged to suggest that at least one important aspect of world peace, the absence or rarity of war between countries, may in fact be ...

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New Conflict Dashboard Tracks Emerging Conflict Trends | ReliefWeb

The Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program released the new CCAPS conflict dashboard today, enabling analysts to assess high-level conflict trends and detailed event data simultaneously. Bringing together mapping, trends analysis, and raw data, the CCAPS conflict dashboard provides a comprehensive view of emerging and historical conflict trends in Africa. Users can also analyze how these ...

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Rwandan in Norway Given 21 Years in Genocide Case | ABC News

A Norwegian court on Thursday convicted a Rwandan man living in Norway for participating in the 1994 genocide in his home country and sentenced him to 21 years in prison. The Oslo District Court found Sadi Bugingo, 47, guilty of complicity in the premeditated killings of at least 2,000 people belonging mainly to the Tutsi ethnic group. It singled out ...

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US diplomat urges world to back DRCongo peace plan | Global Post

The outgoing top US diplomat for Africa, Johnnie Carson, called Monday for world leaders to back an international peace plan to end the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Clearly, a sophisticated and internationally backed solution is the only way forward,” Carson said, highlighting how the international community had come together to back the Dayton Accords that ended the ...

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To Build Lasting Peace in Mali | NYTimes.com

LONDON — Clashes between Islamic fighters and French troops in the Malian city of Gao may suggest that, after a swift campaign to liberate the north, France could be in Mali for the long haul. “From the moment France committed itself, it became responsible for what happens in that country,” Vincent Desportes, a retired French general and military theorist told ...

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South Sudan bishop wins UN peace prize | Global Post

A bishop from South Sudan was Thursday named winner of a UN peace prize in recognition of his efforts to build trust among warring communities in the conflict-torn region. Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban won the 2013 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize for his work at the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, in the east of South Sudan. For more ...

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UN peacekeeping mission in Mali increasingly possible, says top official | United Nations News Centre

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

6 February 2013 – The head of United Nations peacekeeping today highlighted the role being played by “blue helmets” in a variety of hotspots worldwide, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, and told journalists that a UN mission in Mali looks increasingly likely. “All indications are that this is the way this is heading, and we ...

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo | The Guardian

Associated Press, CAIRO — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the crisis in Syria with his Egyptian counterpart Tuesday in the first visit by an Iranian leader to Cairo in more than three decades, marking a historic departure from years of frigid ties between the regional heavyweights. For more on this story, visit: Iran’s Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo | World ...

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Can the Egyptian army keep the peace? | Salon.com

CAIRO, Egypt — A warning from Egypt’s defense minister this week that the Egyptian state was near collapse raised a lot of eyebrows. Were the country’s secretive generals readying for another coup? With their economic and political interests now safeguarded under the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government, however, the army may prefer to steer the current political crisis from the sidelines, analysts ...

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DRC rebels say peace deal possible by March | Al Jazeera English

Congolese rebels have said they expect to sign a peace deal with the government by the end of February that would end their ten-month revolt. The M23 rebels have carved out a fiefdom in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province that has dragged Congo’s eastern region back into war and displaced an estimated 500,000 people. Bertrand Bisimwa, a spokesperson for the ...

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As peace returns to Somali town, UN food relief agency resumes assistance | U.N. News Centre

29 January 2013 – More than four years after conflict and pervasive insecurity forced it to shutter its operations in southern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food assistance to the region’s port city of Kismayo, the agency announced today. With relative peace returning to the Horn of Africa nation, WFP managed to conduct an assessment ...

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