State Building and Fragility Monitor

At U.N., North Korea says U.S. to blame for ‘worst ever situation’

At U.N., North Korea says U.S. to blame for ‘worst ever situation’

UNITED NATIONS – North Korea complained to the United Nations on Monday about joint military exercises by the United State and South Korea, describing it as “the worst ever situation” because U.S. nuclear war equipment had been deployed ready to strike. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seen by Reuters, North Korean U.N. […]

UK’s May fights for future after election woes, Brexit rift

UK’s May fights for future after election woes, Brexit rift

Britain’s governing Conservatives are holding their first conference since being re-elected in June, but they’re not in a celebratory mood. The party’s grip on power is tenuous, its support base is aging, and its government is deeply divided over Brexit. For Prime Minister Theresa May, the annual gathering is a make-or-break chance to bring her fractious party […]

Iran foreign minister visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Iran foreign minister visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday met with Qatar’s ruling emir as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit is likely to further inflame officials in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which began their boycott nearly four […]

Catalonia referendum: How Barcelona and Madrid viewed the vote

Catalonia referendum: How Barcelona and Madrid viewed the vote

As the Catalan independence referendum was held on Sunday, the mood in Spain’s two biggest cities could not have been more different. In Barcelona, people turned out defiantly to vote in a referendum deemed illegal by the constitutional court and by the central government in the capital, Madrid. As Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke to […]

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

[…]“Using the institutions of the state that they control — primarily the judiciary — they are sending a message to Rouhani and his supporters that they are in control of the political system,” Hashemi said. “And that they will oppose his attempts to engage with the Western world and promote more freedoms at home.” […]

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

[…]The UN’s International Organisation for Migration estimated last week that more than a million people had been displaced from east and west Mosul and that there were more than 800,000 people living in camps. […]

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature

“Pistol plan” shows why peace celebrations in Colombia premature