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A quick guide to Libya’s main players (26.05.2016)

In Libya there are very few truly national actors. The vast majority are local players, some of whom are relevant at the national level while representing the interests of their region, or in most cases, their city. Many important actors, particularly outside of the largest cities, also have tribal...

Protests in DRC against extension for Joseph Kabila (26.05.2016)

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in nationwide protests against incumbent President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A dissident group, the Citizen Front, had said it would hold nationwide protests on Thursday in defiance of a government ban.

Security Council ends 13-year sanctions regime on Liberia (25.05.2016)

Acknowledging the sustained progress made on rebuilding Liberia after the 1999-2003 civil war, the United Nations Security Council today terminated an arms embargo against the country and dissolved the related mechanisms, namely the sanctions Committee and the expert panel.

Bundeswehr beendet Einsatz in Liberia (25.05.2016)

Mit drei Soldaten war der Auslandseinsatz in Liberia einer der kleinsten Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr. Aber er war etwas ganz Besonderes. Nach dem Beschluss des Deutschen Bundestages vom 21. Mai 2015 übernahm Deutschland erstmals einen Führungsdienstposten im Hauptquartier einer...

Ban ‘profoundly concerned’ over reports of rising political tensions (25.05.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over reports of increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) linked to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the country’s electoral process.

Security Council commends advancements, urges accelerated peace- and state-building (24.05.2016)

The Security Council welcomed the political and security progress in Somalia during a mission to the capital, Mogadishu, on 19 May, where representatives of the 15-member body met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, regional leaders, Somali civil society and women's groups.

No time for a peacekeeper exit in Liberia (24.05.2016)

[…] If all goes according to plan, UNMIL will officially hand over responsibility for the country’s security to the government of Liberia by June 30 this year. But a swift exit by peacekeepers in the face of reduced budgets and competing international security priorities would be a mistake.

UN probe completes on-the-ground deployment of human rights monitors (24.05.2016)

The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.

Burundi’s peace talks going nowhere (24.05.2016)

[…] The government of President Pierre Nkurunziza has been steadfast in its refusal to talk with opponents implicated in a coup attempt last year aimed at stopping his bid for a third-term in office. Instead the 21 to 24 May “dialogue” in Arusha, Tanzania, featured only government officials, two...

Council extends mandate of EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia, adds further tasks (23.05.2016)

[…] the Council agrees to extend the mandate of EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia by one year and, while retaining the focus on its core mandate, to add two further supporting tasks: (1) capacity building and training of, and information sharing with, the Libyan Coastguard and Navy, based on a request...