EU policy expert Thomas Klau argues that Europe missed a big opportunity by not offering Ukraine a firm prospect of EU membership. He suggests that it’s still not too late for such a move, but that right now might not be the ideal time.
The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has started to deploy unarmed surveillance drones to monitor rebel activity near the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda. This is the first time any UN mission has deployed drones. To find out more, Jessica Le Masurier speaks to Hervé Ladsous, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
Russia is a central player on a number of key issues in the Middle East. Moscow’s support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and its determination to soften sanctions on Tehran have often forced the West to take a step back. So just what is Moscow up to? Veniamin Popov, a former Russian ambassador, gives Marc Perelman his insight into Putin’s high-stakes diplomatic moves.
One of the most iconic images to emerge from the Arab Spring was that of women taking to the streets, demanding a new political system. But three years on, that picture has changed. If anything, the rise of political Islam has resulted in the rollback of women’s rights.
Bineta Diop is the executive director of “Femmes Africa Solidarité”, an NGO founded in 1996 to promote and defend women’s rights. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, she speaks up against sexual crimes in African countries plagued by decades of conflict, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and against impunity for perpetrators.