On 2nd October 2020 in Juba, Sudan’s transitional government made significant and historic progress in concluding a set of peace talks with various rebel groups with actual legally binding agreements. However, there are still several issues that remain to be addressed. Some are due to issues in the structure of the agreements themselves. Others are more context specific, such as problems with implementation, possible spoilers and building mutual consensus.
The conflict, now in its sixth year, is the primary cause of the aid crisis in Yemen which has catalyzed multiple other drivers of the conflict such as the economic crisis, the lack of imports into the country, the volatile security landscape and the decrease in funding for humanitarian organizations working in Yemen. International donors have been reluctant to continue to fund efforts in Yemen, as the operating environment for aid workers is so challenging.
Tunisia’s 2014 proportional representation with rule of highest remainder formula, imagined as a guard rail against a return to presidential authoritarianism, has proven to be highly problematic. In theory, the equation is simple. The parliament, the country’s supreme power, is directly elected by the people and all winning political formations are represented within the legislative body. The executive branch is bicephalous, shared between a Head of Government and a Head of State. The latter theoretically only holds “residual” prerogatives, mainly related to defense and diplomacy. Yet, the reality of Tunisian politics since 2014 has proven different.
Mali’s coup has been overwhelmingly portrayed in negative terms in the public debate internationally. It has been described exclusively as a ‘putsch’ in French and European media outlets and in public declarations by ECOWAS for instance. The popular support it received has seldom been acknowledged.
With Haftar’s forces on the retreat in the face of the Turkish-backed GNA, his international supporters have expressed alarm. The most prominent being neighboring Egypt, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stating that the geographical boundary of Sirte southward to the town of Jufra was their “red line”. If crossed, it would be the trigger for the intervention of the Egyptian military into the conflict.