Sam Lawson says Papua New Guinea should look to follow the lead of other countries that have signed a Voluntary Forest Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade with the EU.
Paul Melly says [in the CAR] neither the Seleka nor the anti-Balaka have broad civilian support. 'Even so, the things that have been going on have been so motivated by religious identity issues that it’s going to be very hard to establish a basic level of understanding and security between the communities.'
I think the [willingness to open up] is real in that there's no doubting the appetite of the North Koreans to improve their economic conditions, John Swenson-Wright tells The History Hour. (08:50)
Researchers at Chatham House noted that 'several GCC government officials have publicly recognised that current energy consumption patterns are bad for the economy', with an intensity of use relative to GDP generated that is a statistical outlier, i.e. exceptional.
As it enters Ghardaia, the road divides two communities -- the Chaamba Arabs and Mozabite Amazigh -- who’ve been clashing for five months, leaving several dead and hundreds wounded. Riot police guard the road that’s lined by scorched shops. 'There are plenty of grievances there for people to tap into,' said Jon Marks.
In crossfire of cross words over Ukraine, we should be careful what we read into statements from all sides as Russian, Ukrainian and American foreign ministers, together with EU representatives, arrive in Geneva for talks on Thursday. Neither side has a good track record with accuracy or the truth, writes James Nixey.
'There is a real likelihood that this could get out of control. It’s a very dangerous game they’re playing,' said John Lough. 'By upping the stakes, what they (Russia) want to do is get the US and EU to the table, persuade them that only Russia has a realistic solution to these problems,' he said.
'It is difficult to try to link what drives the different separatist movements around the world,' says Sir Andrew Wood. 'But it broadly narrows down to language, religion and history – and even, in certain cases, a fondly remembered insult.'
The current crisis in the peace negotiations may deliver a mortal blow to the chances of reaching a peace agreement, leaving both sides taking unilateral actions, writes Yossi Mekelberg.
'They [Russia] have many more levers than the EU and US to influence Ukraine. They care very deeply about the future of Ukraine... whereas there are a lot of people in European capitals who have only just woken up to the fact that Ukraine is a very big country that is now very unstable,' said John Lough.