A series of bombings against schools sheds a gloomy light on the future of Afghanistan, 20 years after the beginning of NATO’s military intervention. Voices from within the country.
- As most Syrians stil grapple with a full-scale humanitarian crisis afer ten years of destruction, regional powers are competing to secure influence on the country’s reconstruction, and future balance.
- Last month’s military blitz by the Ethiopian government was the tipping point of a long crisis. Internal and external actors are watching closely for its impact. A long, detailed analysis by prof. Uoldelul Chelati Dirar.
- A long unresolved crisis explodes again. Russia’s (and the world’s) indifference hint to the most obvious result, at the expense of thousands of civilians.
- “I do not distinguish my poetic from my activist self”. The story and artistic struggle of one of the youngest and most engaged Iraqi poets.
- Can lessons be drawn from 16th century France and its religious wars to today’s conflicts in the Middle East? The historian Keith Luria from North Carolina State University tells us how the concept of compromise and negotiation helped open up the non negotional character of religious hostility. But it needed an agency of enforcement. Reset-DoC interviewed Professor Luria during our conference “Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and the Contemporary Islamic Civil War: Reflections, Patterns and Comparisons” held in New York in Fall 2014.
- It will be necessary to wait until March to know the names of those accountable for the atrocities committed in Syria over the past two years, but information already published by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry for Syria is very clear. War crimes, torture, individual and mass murder, the involvement of minors in the conflict, should all result in the Security Council deferring Damascus to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
- Father Paolo Dall’Oglio has lived in Syria for over thirty years and is certainly an expert on the Syrian situations with all its lights and shadows. The founder of the Deir Mar Musa monastic community, in the desert north of Damascus, Father Paolo has always been committed to interreligious dialogue with the Muslim world and until last June, when he was sent away by the regime, he personally reported the tragedies he saw every day. Reset-DoC has interviewed him.
- On April 11th Sudan will hold a general election. These are the first multi-party elections in a quarter of a century. General Al Bashir, who came to power with a military coup in 1989, has held his people in check for over twenty years thanks to a fanatical interpretation of Shari’a law. Marc Lavergne, director of research at the CNRS in Paris and an expert on Sudan, explains the behind-the-scenes for these elections to ResetDoC. A member of the Scientific Council at the French Institute for the Middle East and the author of a number of books on this subject, Marc Lavergne has been the coordinator of the United Nations Security Council’s group of experts on Darfur since 2006.