Christos Kyrou

Christos Kyrou is Research Director at the Center for International Relations in Arlington, VA, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the American University. He is an expert in conflict analysis, cross-cultural communication, international negotiations, insurgencies transformation to politics, and regional security in Latin America, the broader Middle East, Europe, and West Africa.

The Gulf of Guinea: Maritime Piracy's New Global Nerve Center

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea could dwarf everything the world has seen in Somalia. Maritime piracy off the coast of West Africa has replaced Somalia as the most prevalent region for a maritime attack. In fact, Nigeria alone saw a threefold increase from 2011 to 2012, according to the International Maritime Bureau Report.  The increased numbers of these attacks have transformed piracy on... Continue Reading

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Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 3/3)

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the last of a three part series. Read part one here. The Greatest Challenges for the Government Repairing a tarnished image: Even under the spell of decades of corruption, and two military coups following a war almost lost, and given its current status as an interim unity... Continue Reading

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Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 2/3)

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the second of a three part series. Read part one here. Fragile Coexistence of Anti-Malian Government Forces in Kidal Strong evidence from the ground suggests that currently, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) may be in control of Kidal but had been... Continue Reading

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Negotiating in Mali: Why Failure is Not an Option (Part 1/3)

After the successful French intervention in Mali, a fragile balance still exists in the country. This article is the first of a three part series. Recently, it was announced that talks were about to resume between the Government  of National Unity of the Republic of Mali and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). They are a part of the commitment of the interim... Continue Reading

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