Demands for Ceasefire in South Sudan

A ceasefire in South Sudan under international supervision must be in place immediately, and the negative propaganda done by both parties against each other also has to stop. These are demands from the member organizations of the Sudan Forum.

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Hope for peace in the Middle East?

In the Norwegian newspaper “Vårt Land” January 2, a study was presented showing that the majority of both Israelis and Palestinians desire a two-state solution. Does this give hope for a peace agreement? Not necessarily. But it gives leaders on each side true confidence to attempt.

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The future of Abyei

When Sudan and South Sudan split up in 2011, there were still some issues upon which the two states could not agree. The future of Abyei, a border region which is home to both the Ngok Dinka people who wish to be part of South Sudan, and the Arab Misseryia nomads hailing from Sudan, remains to be decided.

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Making words into action!

The election campaign was marked by many words and bold promises. The government declaration is neither particularly accurate nor specific. But now visions and promises have to be converted into concrete actions. The new government wants to show vigor, and voters expect visible changes. This is the 4th phase.

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More Questions than Answers in Syria

The conflict in Syria cannot be solved without the help of the neighbouring countries, says Senior Research Fellow Sverre Lodgaard at NUPI. Still, a clear answer as to how the conflict should be resolved remains to be found.

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Gravity of the moment!

After some exciting days of soundings (or weeks as the blue / yellow / green used) and important party meetings have been organized to establish an ownership to all decisions, government negotiations can take place. This is the 3rd phase.

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Building a Democracy in Somalia

Somalia’s new democracy is in the making. This is a process that is immensely vulnerable and the new political institutions need all the support they can get.

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KENYA’S BIG TEST

Kenya has traditionally served as a stabilizing factor in an otherwise unstable part of the world. How the president handles the current terror attacks and the accusations from the International Criminal Court will be determinant for the future of the entire region.

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