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This blog offers you comments on recent events written by members of D+C’s editorial team. You’ll find one or two posts per week. The guiding question is whether something is good or bad for global development.

by Hans Dembowski

Playing with fire in Nairobi

It looks as though Kenya will be spared massive post-election violence this time. That said, some two dozen people have died, and every one of them is obviously one too many. Raila Odinga, the opposition candidate who, for yet another time, lost national elections has irresponsibly been playing with fire. The government in power, however, is not blameless either.
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by Hans Dembowski

When ideology trumps evidence

Interest in sober, fact-based and detailed analysis is waning in the USA, while supposed quick fixes are in growing demand. Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts University in Massachusetts. His new book “The ideas industry” assesses how public discourse on foreign policy has been changing in his country. The trends are worrisome.
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by Sabine Balk

Remarkable stories

A lot is said and written about the so-called refugee crisis that came upon Germany in summer 2015. In my view it is very sad that everybody, especially politicians and media, always used the expression “crisis”. It was missed out that there were people like you and me involved – and still are – on both sides. People had to flee devastating wars or unacceptable conditions, and on the other side there were people welcoming the ones in need, helping and taking care of them.
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by Sheila Mysorekar

Dealing well with mass displacement

Since July last year, more people have fled from warring South Sudan than from Syria in the whole year 2016. Most of them crossed the border to Uganda – almost a million South Sudanese have found shelter there. Uganda has an open-door policy towards refugees and shelters more than any other African country.
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by Katja Dombrowski

G20 summit did too much damage

The G20 summit left not only German citizens and politicians wondering if it was all worth it. On the one hand, there are only meagre tangible results. Unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump did not change his mind regarding the Paris Agreement. Disagreements on trade could not be ironed out. The G20 Partnership with Africa was launched but is neither very ambitious nor binding.
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by Hans Dembowski

An erratic superpower is dangerous

On Sunday, the US military shot down a Syrian aircraft. As a response, Russia has threatened to consider a target any plane that belongs to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS. Moreover, Russia has stopped the exchange of information with the US that served to prevent an escalation of the conflict. There now is a real risk of US forces clashing with Russian ones. The greater risk, however, is that the US may get involved in combat with Iranian forces and, ultimately, dragged into war in that country.
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by Hans Dembowski

Do not over-emphasise the role of ISIS in Mindanao

Fighting is still going on in Marawi, a town in the southern Philippines. The security forces are besieging Islamist militants. The battle has been going on for three weeks. The Islamist fighters overran the town on 23 May. More than 200 people have been killed since, according to the security forces, and two thirds were allegedly militants.
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