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Is Peacekeeping Central To American Strategic Interests?
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Brookings Institution’s Bruce Jones argued that peacekeeping is critical to US efforts to sustain the liberal international order.

Jones posits that while UN peacekeeping missions do not remove the need for US involvement or leadership, “multilateral tools for maintaining stability and security in regions not vital to core U.S. interests helps avoid the dangers of creeping instability.”

If the US aims to increase reliance on peacekeeping missions in certain regions, the first order of business will be to increase efficiency and stress flexibility, particularly when engaged in larger scale missions.

“[A]as we confront more resilient actors in tougher settings—especially as intra-state and proxy conflict shifts from sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East and North Africa—we’re going to need the capable troops of nations with more advanced militaries. This is particularly true as peacekeepers face the reality that in a growing portion of wars, at least one actor is engaged in terrorist activities, often with a transnational link,” he testified.

Can The Crimes Of Genocide Be Forgiven?
Kenneth Miller has a compelling article in Aeon magazine about how Rwanda is approaching an uncomfortable reality – the release of those who committed acts of genocide during the nation’s gruesome and bitter civil war and how to foster reconciliation.

Corsican Nationalists Win Big In French Regional Elections
While the French far right suffered defeat at the polls on Sunday, the Corsican nationalists walked away with an unexpected victory and more than 35 percent of the votes in the second round of regional contests.

The Pè a Corsica (For Corsica) list fell two seats short of a majority, but now holds 24 of the 51 seats in the local authority council. And for the first time a regionalist party has won in this insular region, reports The Spectator.

In June, the National Liberation Front of Corsica announced plans to abandon its 38-year armed struggle for the island’s independence, which was welcome news to residents who had witnessed more than 10,000 acts of violence since 1976. 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“It’s much too early to say whether this could cause friction with the central government in Paris. But regionalist movements tend not to be viewed kindly, and the independence movement in Corsica is gaining strength — adding credence to the idea that Europe is breaking apart rather than coming together,” writes Mathieu Vaillancourt.

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