How to get past standard CAR clichés.
The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
The question now is whether the international community will step up.
Anarchy in CAR is not over, whatever the interim president is saying. Might the UN take charge?
The UN must work to prevent the escalation of violence and preserve what progress has been made in the Central African Republic. With key support from the US, the Security Council should increase its efforts to deploy a better equipped, larger UN peacekeeping mission to CAR.
Emergency relief aid poured in immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. But as the UN turns to long-term recovery, there is little money floating around.
South Sudan is rich in oil, but infrastructure challenges and rising violence could undermine economic hopes for a troubled region, Graeber writes. The country gained independence in 2011, but border issues, ethnic fighting and disputes over oil have led to violence in South Sudan.