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A Population and Its Discontents: Grounding the Syrian Civil War in its Local Realities

With the civil war having brought back the nostalgia of Cold War politics, the situation in Syria has only been analysed and dissected with an international relations lens, distracting scholars and security experts alike from the actual underlying causes of the civil war— the domestic factors that led to the war, and which continue to fuel it till date.

War in Yemen

Civil war in Yemen cannot be seen merely from the prism of sectarian conflict as its roots go into the historical political positions of different groups and geostrategic interests of regional powers. Hegemonic designs of Saudi Arabia backed by the United States have intensified the conflict, leading to thousands of deaths and acute humanitarian crisis. It remains to be seen how far the recently concluded Stockholm Agreement between warring camps would contribute to a durable peace.

Sri Lankan Economy of War and Peace

The experience of economic liberalisation in Sri Lanka has coincided with the nearly 20-year long civil strife in the nation's north and east. An attempt is made here to trace the economic reform programme since the war began. For the economy to be brought back on track the cumbersome task of balancing the needs of long-term economic management with the immediate demands of the current ceasefire and peace initiatives has to be undertaken.

Sri Lankan Economy in Turbulent Times

Political crises and economic mismanagement are to account for the grave state of Sri Lanka's finances. While reform programmes under the aegis of the IMF promise some succour, these are accompanied by strict conditionalities. The new Sri Lankan government has thus to take some vital political decisions - negotiating with the LTTE to end the long-drawn civil strife in the north-east and implement a harsh budget that will assist a revival of the economy in the long run.

Kongo : Heart of Darkness

The same brutality and violence that had enabled his accession to power four years ago in 1997 marked the end of Laurent Kabila as strongman and ruler of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are conflicting reports whether his assassin, a bodyguard, operated on his own or as part of an attempted army coup; other reports insist the assassination was the result of the ethnic tensions that have for long defined Congo’s history. Among Congo’s major ethnic groups are the Luba, Mongo, Kongo, Lunda and Kasai. There are besides certain Sudanese groups in the north (the Azande, Mangbetu, Banda and Barambo). More than 200 languages and dialects are spoken in the territorial entity identified as Congo.

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