Have Syrian war and refugee crisis highlighted existing problems in Lebanon?

With more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, compounded with other refugee communities, Lebanon is the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

He was the best in his class. 17-year old Syrian Hozaifa is now paraplegic after bombing and lives as refugee in Beqaa, Lebanon. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Dutch election and Russia’s influence: What is going on?

How big is the topic of possible Russian influence in the campaign before the Dutch election, any indications that there are some attempts from foreign actors to influence the elections? Read few comments.

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Conflict. Famine. South Sudan’s sad story and (perhaps) what to do

It seems that at this moment South Sudan is pretty sad story. Following several years of instability parts of the country now experienced a famine. What went wrong in your opinion and how the local actors and broader international community should react on this situation? Read few comments.

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Does President Juan Manuel Santos deserve to win a Nobel Peace Prize?

As it was announce that Nobel Peace Prize goes to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos how do you see this decision, do you think that it may have a positive impact on Colombia peace process which is still probably very fragile after the failed referendum? Read few comments.

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Does Jabhat al-Nusra split from al-Qaeda and what does it mean?

As Syria’s Nusra Front says it terminates link to al-Qaeda is this basically a PR campaign or do you see something more strategic behind it, how the West and maybe other actors should treat al-Nusra? Read few comments.

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Would Brexit make Putin happy?

Many observers are claiming that President Putin root for Brexit though he did not say anything concrete about this. How do you assess this, would you say Putin would welcome Brexit, and why? Read few comments.

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America said Russia about its special forces in Syria. Is it safe?

The United States has told Russia broad areas in which U.S. special forces are operating in Syria and asked them not to strike there. How usual or unusual do you find this move. are Russians to be trusted not to strike, not to share this info with other players in the Syrian conflict? Read few comments.

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