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Munich Security Conference – the end of diplomacy?

The Munich Security Conference traditionally reflects the current state of the world. This year's meeting was marked by reciprocal finger pointing. Real solutions were a scarce commodity, says Matthias von Hein.   There were years in which the Munich Security Conference transmitted signs of understanding and hope. None of that was evident

Israeli police indicts Netanyahu for bribery

Jeffrey Heller Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader's political survival. Against the backdrop of Israeli flags in a televised speech at his residence, a somber Netanyahu called the allegations baseless and

African migrants in Israel opt for jail over deportation

  At a detention centre in Israel’s Negev Desert, African migrants facing deportation say they would rather be imprisoned than sent to a country they know nothing about. “I won’t go there,” Abda Ishmael, a 28-year-old Eritrean, said in excellent Hebrew outside Holot, an open facility housing some 1,200 migrants and set

Lebanon: Israeli wall ‘assault on Lebanese land’

Lebanon's Higher Defence Council has given orders to prevent Israel from building a border wall on Lebanese land, amid rising tensions over land and maritime boundaries. Lebanese leaders have said Israel's actions are threatening the stability of the border region. "This wall, if it is built, will be considered an assault on

Israel Moves Toward Deporting Thousands of African Migrants

Israel is taking steps to deport thousands of African migrants. Israeli immigration authorities have begun issuing deportation orders to asylum seekers from war-torn Eritrea and Sudan. It is the latest step in Israel’s plan to expel about 40,000 African migrants, after they entered the country illegally during the past decade. A man

Arab League to counter US pro-Israeli stand on Jerusalem

  By Khaled Ibrahim The Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo on Thursday to discuss means of countering the recent U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Foreign ministers from 14 Arab League member-states, along with their accompanying delegations, attended Thursday’s meeting. In a press statement, Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Hossam Zaki said the gathering was intended

Watch List 2018: Wars, Conflicts, Terrorism

Editor's note: Crisis Group’s early-warning Watch List identifies up to ten countries and regions at risk of conflict or escalation of violence. In these situations, early action, driven or supported by the EU and its member states, would generate stronger prospects for peace. It includes a global overview, regional summaries,