Weekly Update | International Crisis Group
The week of 3 December 2012
Commentary: Lebanon & Syria, Israel/Palestine
Video: International Crisis Group
Quotes: Syria, Uzbekistan, Guinea Bissau, Turkey, North Korea
The next round of talks between the Philippines’ largest Muslim insurgent group and the government is a crucial step towards implementing a sweeping peace agreement signed in October. (5 December)
سحر أطرش، لوموند ديبلوماتيك النشرة العربية، ٥ دسمبر
Robert Blecher, Foreign Affairs, 1 December
روبرت بلشر وناثان ثرال، القدس العربي، ٣٠ نوفمبر
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“There is the risk of the total destruction of Damascus. The regime is well entrenched in some key parts of Damascus and the opposition is unable to come up with a political vision to offer an exit to the bulk of people fighting for the regime.”
Peter Harling, Project Director for Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, The Telegraph [UK], 6 December.
“[Uzbekistan] is one of the most oppressive regimes in the world by any indicator you’d care to refer to. Does any of that - ie, the stuff that actually matters - change because Gulnara Karimova is now engaging people on Twitter? No, of course not.”
Andrew Stroehlein, Communications Director, New Europe, 5 December.
“Le processus de transition a peu avancé pour le moment. En outre, le pays est isolé : les autorités ne sont pas reconnues, et la quasi-totalité de l’aide internationale à l’Etat est suspendue.”
Vincent Foucher, analyste pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, cité dans Le Monde à propos de la situation en Guinée Bissau, 3 décembre.
“There is nervousness in Turkey about the escalation of the conflict in Syria, and a way of making it seem like everything is going to be OK is Patriot missiles. It also brings in an element of NATO protection for Turkey.”
Hugh Pope, Turkey and Cyprus Project Director, The Toronto Star, 3 December.
“I don’t see signs of China fundamentally changing its policy on North Korea. There are limits to what [the US] can impose and enforce.”
Daniel Pinkston, North East Asia Deputy Project Director, The Financial Times, 2 December.