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US politics: when nuclear deterrence fails

The endurance of John F Kennedy's memory, when that of other US presidents has faded, is only partially explained by the manner of his death, of a charismatic leader cut down in his prime and the thought of what might have been. Kennedy carried with him the hopes of a generation, but the mood of …

DR Congo, M23 rebels fail to sign peace deal

The Democratic Republic of Congo and M23 rebels postponed a ceremony to sign a deal officially ending the country’s worst conflict in a decade on Monday following a spat over the final wording of the agreement.<p>A ceremony to formally end Congo’s bloodiest conflict in a decade was delayed on Monday …

Why the American love affair with John F. Kennedy is winding down

Despite the many commemorations for the approaching 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it seems the glitzy and tragic myth of …

DR Congo army defeats M23 rebels

The defeated M23 rebel group, blamed for killing scores of civilians in eastern Congo over the last year and a half, has announced it is ending its rebellion, raising hopes for peace in a region where millions have died in nearly two decades of violence.<p>The group announced it would disarm and …

DR Congo: defeat of M23 rebels hailed as a step towards peace

Troops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have driven out M23 rebels from their last hill top strongholds along the border with Uganda and Rwanda.<p>The insurgents have now announced their intention to disarm and adopt purely political means from now on to achieve their goals.<p>But the army has …

How Congo Defeated the M23 Rebels

A year ago, the rebels held the largest town in eastern Congo and had the upper hand. Today, their leader admitted defeat. What changed?<p>Good news is …

One Special Forces Team May Undo All Of America's Progress In Afghanistan

(Certainly the reports out of the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction have only gotten more shrill as exodus approaches.)<p>Nonetheless, the disappearances, beatings, and downright murders that remain unsolved in one special forces team's area of operations threaten whatever …

The Extremely Complex Syrian War In Two Maps

The Syrian war has torn the nation apart over the last two and a half years, and there is no end in sight.<p>The new normal involve the regime, rebels, and Kurds dominating in certain parts of the country while fighting rages on countless ever-shifting fronts.<p>Noria research notes that the rebels …

United States Africa Command

Through multinational exercises and military-to-military engagements, U.S. Africa Command strengthens relationships with African partner nations to …

Evidence Continues Mounting: Nigerian Security Forces are Out of Control

More on:<p>Sub-Saharan Africa<p>Nigeria<p>Terrorism and Counterterrorism<p>Wars and Conflict<p>Heads of State and Government<p>The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) has …

U.S. military investing heavily in Africa

WASHINGTON — The<p>Pentagonhas begun a burst of spending in Africa, expanding its main base on the continent and investing in air facilities, flight services, telecommunications and electrical upgrades as theU.S. militarydeepens its footprint in a region with a rising threat of Islamist …

What Are Institutions?

The explanation of comparative economic development set forth in <i>Why Nations Fail</i> is based on institutions, particularly the consequences of different …

Africa? Why there’s no such place | Financial Times

Sometimes a politician’s accidental phrase can reveal a world view. The other night in Johannesburg, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was arguing …

Africa

NSA leaks: UK government reaction eroding freedom, rights groups warn

Seventy of the world's leading human rights organisations have written to David Cameron to warn that the government's reaction to the mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is leading to an erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.<p>The coalition, which includes organisations from …

All we ask is for transparency to inform the surveillance debate

The issue of the mass collection of data goes to the heart of democracy<p>A couple of weeks ago, I asked the Scottish National party the following questions: "If independence is achieved, will the Scottish government continue with the extensive surveillance of the civilian population, allowed under …

National security: our spy chiefs won't be losing any sleep over their summons by MPs

A murder of crows. A congregation of alligators. A bloat of hippopotamuses. What is the collective noun for intelligence chiefs? A cache? An encryption? A shadow?<p>We need one because this week the three men who run Britain's intelligence agencies will appear together to answer questions from MPs and …

UK privacy group wants Level 3 to address allegations of spying cooperation

Privacy International is pushing for more disclosure from a top international telco.<p>Back in August 2013, one of the myriad documents provided by …

How to lose friends and influence no one in the Middle East

Obama’s foreign policy in the endlessly volatile region is a disaster<p>Put in context, the simultaneous raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than two minor …

Kerry urges Europe: don't let NSA surveillance concerns thwart trade talks

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, sought to salvage forthcoming trade negotiations with the European Union amid growing signs that the Obama administration will act to stem some of the criticism of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.<p>Speaking in Warsaw on Tuesday after talks …