James Pacino

The Anglophone Crisis Demands A Real Dialogue In Cameroon

The Anglophone Crisis has ravaged an area of Cameroon that is home to more than 3.5 million people – approximately a seventh of the country’s population – and yet it remains one of the world’s forgotten conflicts. General strikes and protests beginning in 2016 gave way to a formal declaration […]

Protests Engulf Guyana Following Disputed Election

Last Monday’s disputed general election has set off protests across Guyana as opposition supporters forced road closures, shuttered businesses and clashed with police. Reuters reported that a teenager had been shot by police, and that law enforcement officials had surrounded the offices of the country’s elections commission, GECOM. The ballot […]

U.S. Agreement With Taliban Sets Timetable For Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Six months after Donald Trump declared talks with the Taliban “dead,” the U.S. has reached an historic deal with the Islamist group that could see all U.S. and NATO troops leave Afghanistan by mid-2021. U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political leader Abdul Ghani Beradar signed the agreement in […]

“We Haven’t Achieved Anything Yet”: Chile’s Protests Continue

Tear gas filled Santiago’s Plaza Italia last week as protesters clashed with Carabineros, the latest outbreak of violence amid months-long anti-government demonstrations. Dissidents countered the use of water cannons, rubber bullets and gas by the country’s military police with makeshift firebombs and laser pointers. More than four months after Chileans […]

Israel Lobbies US To Recognise Moroccan Sovereignty In Western Sahara

Israel is pushing for the U.S. to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory in exchange for the normalisation of Moroccan-Israeli relations. The proposed trilateral agreement has been under consideration since at least September 2018, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser […]

Encouraged By Her Re-Election, Tsai Ing-Wen Declares That China Must ‘Face Reality’

Emboldened by her convincing election victory on 11 January, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen has called for “respect” from China, arguing that Beijing must accept her country’s independence. “We don’t have the need to declare ourselves an independent state, we are an independent country already,” she said in an interview with […]

China Suspends U.S. Army’s Hong Kong Visits In Response To New Law

China announced earlier this month that it was suspending visits by U.S. military ships and aircraft to Hong Kong, a reaction to a new law formalising America’s support for pro-democracy protesters in the special administrative region. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which was signed by President Trump […]