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Behind the Headlines: Somalia

By Saara Ilmonen There are promising signs of progress in Somalia, but it still remains the country that first comes to mind when thinking of a failed state. The country … Continue reading

09/06/2014 · Leave a comment

Behind the Headlines: Turkey

by Saara Ilmonen Similarly to Egypt, Turkey has often been presented as a model to the rest of the Muslim world in how to successfully strike a balance between religion … Continue reading

01/05/2014 · Leave a comment

Behind the Headlines: Egypt

by Saara Ilmonen Three years after the revolution that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak in January 2011, Egypt has not managed to fulfill many expectations that its own citizens … Continue reading

14/04/2014 · 2 Comments

Behind the headlines: South Sudan

by Saara Ilmonen South Sudan is the world’s youngest state. Its independence in 2011, following the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement with Sudan, ended the longest civil war in Africa. Subsequently, … Continue reading

03/02/2014 · Leave a comment

Behind the headlines: Chechnya

by Francois Ducrotte  Chechnya, or the Chechen Republic, is a small republic of Russia, bordering Georgia. It is not an independent state but an autonomous republic which used to be … Continue reading

28/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Behind the Headlines: Kashmir

by Nina Levarska ‘We have declared that the fate of Kashmir is ultimately to be decided by the people. That pledge we have given (and the Maharaja has supported it) … Continue reading

21/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Behind the headlines: Colombia

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos One of the oldest longstanding and protracted conflicts, the still ongoing armed struggle in Colombia has been relegated to the back files of media attention as a permanent … Continue reading

14/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Behind the Headlines: Tanzania

by Francois Ducrotte A land of peace? Overshadowed by the events of the region, Tanzania is an often forgotten.  Suffering the consequences of the years of conflict in the great … Continue reading

07/11/2013 · 1 Comment

Behind the Headlines: Nepal

by Nic Watkins Nepal suffered a traumatic Maoist insurgency from 1996 to 2006.  Since the end of the civil war the country has faced a long struggled to entrench democracy … Continue reading

31/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Behind the Headlines: Georgia

by Jacob Steiner In August of 2008, the world’s eyes turned to the small Caucasus country of Georgia.  Conflict had broken out in the breakaway territory of South Ossetia on … Continue reading

24/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Behind the Headlines: Myanmar

by Nic Watkins The last few years have seen Myanmar emerging from decades of authoritarian rule.  As the military began to withdraw from power the international spotlight turned onto the … Continue reading

17/10/2013 · Leave a comment

New Blog Series: Behind the Headlines

Do you remember Kenyan post-electoral violence or the crisis in Kashmir? What happened to the regions which once used to be at the center of attention? Did they achieve peace … Continue reading

11/10/2013 · Leave a comment

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