• ACD Insight

    A triangle of death

    14 June 2012.  The Economist has dubbed it ‘the tormented isthmus‘. It is the most murderous region on earth: the ‘northern triangle’ of Central America formed by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The bloody drugs war that has raged in neighbouring Mexico since 2006 has spilled over into a region already destabilised by years of civil war in the 1980s, plagued by local gangs and corrupt institutions, and with too few police.

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    FARC peace talks: why now?

    08 October 2012.  Bogota has never been closer to a successful peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The signs are positive: the group, weakened by devastating military operations and the resulting loss of many veteran leaders, has agreed to engage in talks even without a ceasefire, and the participation of foreign governments with whom FARC shares ideological affinities – Cuba and Venezuela – is likely to defuse some of...

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    Fragile ceasefires in Myanmar

    01 June 2012.  Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the international community to maintain a 'healthy scepticism' about the reforms being implemented in Myanmar by its military rulers. On her first visit abroad in nearly a quarter-century, the former political prisoner stressed at a conference in Bangkok that her country was only in the earliest stages of reform. She and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party recently took seats...

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    On the trail of Joseph Kony

    13 March 2012.  Can the #StopKony campaign really bring a reviled warlord to justice this year? The 30-minute Kony 2012 video posted on YouTube last week about the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its abuse of children has been viewed more than 75 million times – and subsequently criticised and defended in the media. But few people have set eyes on LRA leader Kony himself since late 2006, when he met with...

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    Somalia: a long road ahead

    29 August 2012.  Somalia – long road ahead Somalia marked an important milestone last week, as it swore in its new and first formal parliament in 20 years, but another key measure of its progress – the selection of a new president – has failed to materialise. Some real progress on its political transition, women’s rights and security has given Somalia an undeniable feeling of optimism and forward momentum. But each area of progress faces...