Peace in the Central African Republic Requires Patience

January 21, 2019

Central Africans have good reason to be skeptical about the peace process. This week will start the next, and possibly final, round of an African Union-led peace dialogue on the Central African Republic (CAR) held in Khartoum. The talks will bring together the CAR government of the 14 armed...

Your Guide to Africa’s Elections

February 18, 2015

The world will be watching Africa as countries around the continent head to the ballot box throughout 2015. The number of electoral democracies mushroomed in Africa over the past two decades — a far cry from the days when incumbents would postpone elections for as long as it pleased them. But...

The World This Week: Je Suis Charlie

January 10, 2015

Founder & Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh provides a roundup of the week’s events. This is a week of two tragedies. In Paris, 12 people were killed and many more wounded when Islamist terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper renowned for its biting wit and scathing cartoons. In...

Off the Radar: Stealth Conflicts and the Media

September 19, 2014

While certain “chosen” conflicts attract media attention worldwide, many “stealth conflicts” remain largely underreported. Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Gaza — these are the world's conflicts that will be remembered as those that “mattered” for the year 2014. Or at least that is what...

Crisis in the Central African Republic

August 06, 2014

The sectarian and humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic continues to deepen.  Background The Central African Republic (CAR), a Christian-majority country with a minority Muslim population, has been marred by violence since early 2013. What started as a coup d'état against a...

Central African Republic: Who Will Heal the Wounds? (Part 2/2)

June 23, 2014

Who will heal the wounds of vengeance and retribution in the Central African Republic? Moving on from part one, another ingredient in the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis has been the porous borders between the country and some of its unstable neighbors, and the...

Central African Republic: Who Will Heal the Wounds? (Part 1/2)

June 22, 2014

Who will heal the wounds of vengeance and retribution in the Central African Republic? On April 10, after months of discussion, negotiation and compromise, the United Nations Security Council authorized a 12,000-member peacekeeping operation for the Central African Republic (CAR). This is a...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

January 31, 2014

Fair Observer's five best articles of January. Barely in a blink, January has sailed by and 2014 has got off to a cracker. Weather patterns are changing around the world. North America has been hit by a "polar vortex," causing temperatures to drop to -51°C. Australia is experiencing record...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

January 28, 2014

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This author has long had a fascination with lions, perhaps because Singh in Sanskrit means lion. Tragically, West African lions are facing extinction. Researchers estimate that about 400 lions are...

France’s 19th Century Foreign Policy Fails in 2014

January 23, 2014

French intervention in the Central African Republic has turned out to be a bigger challenge than initially expected. Under the pretext of sparing the world another genocide, France deployed 1,600 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) late last year. Since Operation Sangaris was launched,...

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