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Ethical Cobalt Extraction & Trump’s Possible Rules Repeal

Ethical Cobalt Extraction & Trump’s Possible Rules Repeal

Over 60% of the global cobalt supply comes from the DRC where a legacy of civil war, the persistence of basic forms of mining, and a weak state make ethical and transparent sourcing hugely challenging.

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Turkey’s Syrian Blowback

Turkey’s Syrian Blowback

The current Turkish struggle with IS is a complete reversal from the early years of the Syrian civil war, when Turkey supported opposition against Assad.

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Libyan Oil: A Bittersweet Return?

Libyan Oil: A Bittersweet Return?

Libyan oil coming back online could jeopardize a fragile production cut deal orchestrated by producers cartel OPEC to rebalance the global oil supply glut.

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Yemen: A Regional Problem With Regional Consequences

Yemen: A Regional Problem With Regional Consequences

Militarily, NATO should stay out of Yemen. But the Alliance should mitigate the effects of the conflict at sea where international shipping could be affected.

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Why is Saudi Arabia Targeting Yemen’s Future?

Why is Saudi Arabia Targeting Yemen’s Future?

The conflict has already resulted in 10,000 dead, including 4,000 civilians, while the UN estimates that 80% of the population is now in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Risky Business: DRC Mining Gambles

Risky Business: DRC Mining Gambles

Why would a company choose to set up operations in one of the DRC’s most unstable areas even as a crisis threatens to tip the country back towards conflict?

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Arab Spring Aftermath: Libya

Arab Spring Aftermath: Libya

The fall of Gaddafi destroyed the fragile post-colonial state which his iron-fisted rule had held together.

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Niger Migrant Workers Vulnerable Overseas

Niger Migrant Workers Vulnerable Overseas

Niger remains a source, transit, and destination country for men, women and children trafficked into various forms of modern day slavery.

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Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Disagreement over how money from the country’s oil, which represents 98% of government revenue, should be distributed is paralyzing Libyan peace efforts.

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Modern Slavery at Sea

Modern Slavery at Sea

The discovery of unpaid seamen trapped on an offshore oil supply vessel highlights the links between forced labor and the formal, legal global economy.

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Iran Freedom Rally Shows The Face Of An Alternate Iran

Iran Freedom Rally Shows The Face Of An Alternate Iran

Iranian dissidents gathered in Paris to show their support for democratic change and their opposition to Western deal-making with the country’s leadership.

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One Year On: Iran and the World

One Year On: Iran and the World

One year after the nuclear deal, how has the lifting of sanctions affected regional security after Iran’s return to the international scene?

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The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The Syrian government has been exerting a great deal of influence on the actions of the UN aid agencies in Syria. It has leveraged foreign aid workers need for its permission to enter Syria into access to supplies for its supporters while denying vital food and medical aid to civilians trapped in areas outside its control.

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The UK’s Innate Conservatism will Prevent an EU Exit

The UK’s Innate Conservatism will Prevent an EU Exit

While the UK is prepared to experiment with its political and economic system, sudden, drastic changes are not welcomed: a gradualist approach is preferred.

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A New Direction: Henri’s Story

A New Direction: Henri’s Story

In 2003, Henri Ladyi turned his back on the endless fighting in the DRC. Twelve years later he has been called “Africa’s Schindler” for his peacebuilding efforts in the eastern part of the country.

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About the Author

Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson

Neil Thompson is a freelance international relations analyst whose work has appeared in the Diplomat, the International Security Network, Geopolitical Monitor, The Independent and various other publications. He holds an MA in the international relations of East Asia and has lived in China for three years and is presently based in London.

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