Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt
Burundi looks like it is entering a vortex of renewed violence. It's in a troubled region, we have been here before—and the president's determination to pursue an unconstitutional third term is blocking any democratic alternative.
Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit—what next?
The ceasefire agreement in Minsk over Ukraine was better than no outcome at all. But only a little better.
Ukraine steels for more unrest as Donetsk bus attack kills 12
The latest violence in eastern Ukraine would lead most observers to think an end to the military and political attrition is not in sight. They would be right.
The new cold war Russia (again) won't win
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, burst the 25th-anniversary balloon of the symbolic end of the cold war by warning of a new one, fed by NATO's eastward expansion. An economically weak USSR lost the last one; a still weaker Russia will lose this one too.
Making a difference? The US decision to supply military aid to Syria
Arming Syrian rebel forces could tip the balance and break the deadlock - at the negotiating table.