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  • A More Peaceful Mexico?

    This past week, the Institute for Economics and Peace issued its 2015 “Mexico Peace Index.” The report assesses Mexico along seven indicators—homicide, violent crime, weapons crime, incarceration, police funding, organized crime, and efficiency of the justice system.  Taken together, IEP’s analysis paints a very mixed picture of the country’s security situation.

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  • Rasna Warah on War Crimes and Misdemeanors

    Speaking before members of the international press gathered in Mogadishu on January 29, 2015, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, called on the international community to act in order to prevent a repeat of the famine of 2011 in Somalia. "About 731,000 Somalis face acute food insecurity, the vast majority internally displaced people, while an additional 2.3 million people are at risk of sliding into the same situation," Lazzarini told the press. The UN estimates that approximately $863 million is needed to save Somali lives.

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  • Sri Lanka: Narrating Violence and Trauma

    Last month, the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s only Tamil-led provincial council, passed a resolution accusing Sri Lanka of genocide against Tamils and requesting the United Nations to launch an investigation. The resolution is considered historically unprecedented in its language, locus and power. It ironically emerged from within the walls of an institution that was originally built to frustrate Tamil demands for self-determination.

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  • Boris Nemtsov: from Kremlin Insider to People's Tribune

    Nearly a month has passed since the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, one of Russia's foremost opposition politicians of the last 15 years. There are several theories circulating as to who is responsible for the February killing, which took place on Moscow's Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge. These theories range from specious claims of Western government involvement designed to provoke and destabilize the Putin regime, to more widespread conjecture that Putin himself or forces aligned with him were involved.

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  • Today in History: Algeria and the Évian Accords

    Today marks the fifty-third anniversary of the end of the Algerian fight for independence. On March 19, 1962 the seven-year, four-month war ended after an official ceasefire was declared a day earlier in Évian, France, between the French government and Algeria’s National Liberation Front (FLN).

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  • Cambodia: The Legacy of Silence

    Cambodia—synonymous with paradoxical ideas: ‘Pearl of the East,’ ‘war,’ ‘Kingdom of Wonder,’ ‘genocide,’ and ‘Land of Smiles’—where deep and irrevocable truths hide behind such broad and overused concepts, standing in the way of reconciliation for a people who are struggling to come to terms with the past and find a way to rebuild, restore, and live again. 

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  • Responding to “India’s Daughter”

    This International Women’s Day marked the beginning of a large-scale campaign to eradicate gender inequality and end violence against women in India. India’s Daughter, a documentary from Leslee Udwin focusing primarily on the December 2012 gang-rape of Jyoti Singh, was intended to air on BBC that day to launch the campaign.

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  • The ELN and Peace in Colombia

    Despite being one of the oldest armed insurgent groups in the world, the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) has hardly featured in considerations of peace in Colombia. This is likely due to its being eclipsed by the diversity and infamy of other armed groups involved in the country’s armed conflict. Paramilitaries, drug traffickers, and the FARC seem to dominant narratives related to the Colombian conflict.

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  • Justice in Mexico: Easier Said than Done

    At Insight Crime, Patrick Corcoran has a piece up arguing that Mexico needs to rethink how it pursues leaders of the country's drug trade. At root, Corcoran suggests that the Mexican government would do well to follow the American model of targeting major crime bosses. He writes:

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