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Iraq

Risk and violence in Iraq’s new sectarian balance

In the wake of the violence that followed the 2003 invasion, Iraq appears to have achieved a modicum of stability. U.S. troops have withdrawn and, with the help of rising oil production, the state...

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Yemen

The perils of Yemen’s cunning state

Under the influence of the Arab Spring, Yemen last year embarked on a political transition after decades of autocratic rule under President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The extreme fragility of the Yemeni...

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South Sudan + 1 more

South Sudan’s emergency state

Monday July 9th 2012 marked South Sudan’s first anniversary as an independent state. But one year down the road, what is there to celebrate for this newborn polity? Faced with political stability and...

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Syria

The Syrian crisis: victory, survival or compromise?

Almost three months since the Kofi Annan-brokered ceasefire agreement went into effect in Syria, it has virtually collapsed. The unarmed United Nations team has suspended its monitoring trips because...

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Pakistan

Exclusion: a hidden driver of Pakistan’s fragility

Clare Castillejo , 26 April 2012 Deeply entrenched patterns of political, social and economic exclusion are fuelling Pakistan’s fragility. Large segments of the population are denied basic rights,...

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