The Crisis in Sudan

One year ago, South Sudan celebrated its inaugural independence day. Yet peace has remained fragile, and further development elusive.


One year ago, South Sudan celebrated its independence. As the country takes its first hesitant steps and learns to walk in freedom, the international community must remember that the risk of mass atrocities within Sudan, and the risk of war between Sudan and South Sudan, is far from over.

Bashir Barks But Does ...

The scaremongering of the western media about a threat of war in Sudan is exaggerated; the current sabre-rattling is part of the business. Far more interesting is the question of why the peace process survived the last five years at all. Although the situation in Sudan is tense, a new civil war is n

No Land In Sight...

South Sudan has no future as an independent state. No common language, culture, or history unites the region. European and US lobby groups will try to establish a foothold in the south. The region is best served if it retains its ties to President Bashir. He has proven his confidence.

A Pact With the Devil...

The possible independence of south Sudan is exacerbating the crisis in Africa's largest state. President Bashir, who has already shown that he is indifferent to international humanitarian rules, is not going to renounce the oil revenues from the south. A carrot-and-stick-policy might be the only opt

The Fourth Genocide...

In January, the population of South Sudan will vote on its potential independence. Wedged between North and South is the province of Abyei. It could become the epicenter of another round of mass killings.

Khartoum’s Next Move...

The regime in Khartoum has no interest in making a firm commitment to the referenda in South Sudan and Abyei. Its interests will be best served if international actors remain worried about the destructive consequences of a new civil war.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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