Humanitarian agencies active on the ground believe the Central African Republic (CAR) can still be pulled back from the brink of utter disaster. But time is pressing and it is only now that the international community has fully appreciated the danger of the situation, writes Paul Melly for CNN.
'We are likely to see the number of far-right and radical political parties increase in the European Parliament. We will also see more explicitly neo-Nazi parties in parliament. In lots of places, we will talk next spring about record gains,' says Matthew Goodwin.
'We have to look at the options, if we don't negotiate a deal with Iran. This is just for six months, if it doesn't work it's not too late to go back to the harder line approach. But the idea of military action in the Middle East is just too awful to contemplate, given what's happened in recent history,' says Patricia Lewis in an interview with the Financial Times.
'You can look at politics, poverty, corruption, security and lack of justice and see how that might ferment into a sense of being disenfranchised. The risk in all ungoverned spaces is what's going to fill that vacuum,' says Elizabeth Donnelly.
'The relationship between governments and companies is quite fragile in nature. The industry faces a lot of uncertainty. What we see is that rarely do contracts survive as long as the [extractive] project lasts,' says Jaakko Kooroshy.
Kerry Brown told the Financial Times: 'The whole situation has been poorly handled – 18 months ago Mr Cameron was the great defender of human rights speaking truth to China and saying the UK will act on principle. Now it seems to be about business and nothing else.'