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The Gambia Demonstrates the Potential of Regional Action

The tiny West African nation of The Gambia, a tropical country famed for its beautiful beaches, stunning vistas, and warm hospitality, has had a turbulent few years. Ruled for over two decades by President Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia experienced a progressive slide into authoritarianism from 1994 until late 2016, when a political and military intervention spearheaded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) succeeded in forcing Jammeh’s resignation.

During Jammeh’s 22 years in power, The Gambia experienced a sharp curtailing of basic human rights and freedoms, as well as a crackdown on independent journalism. Under Jammeh’s regime, human rights activists in the country were considered as “saboteurs,” and their offenses were punishable by death. In addition, its strategic coastal location, weak judicial system, and endemic corruption continued to make The Gambia a desirable transit point for drug traffickers operating networks between Latin America and Europe. In mid-2010, The Gambia gained notoriety not only for its authoritarian leader and draconian laws, but also as being the locale of the largest drug bust in the history of West Africa, with an estimated US$1 billion in cocaine seized from a warehouse in the northwest of the country.

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Springtime for Castro and Cuba; Winter for Ukraine and Libya

South Sudan has topped the Fragile States Index for the second year in succession, as the country continues to be wracked by internal conflict, fractious politics, and poverty. South Sudan is joined at the most fragile end of the Index by countries that have long struggled, such as Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan, and D.R. […]

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"The #coronavirus pandemic was a once-in-a-century crisis that not only shocked countries’ existing health systems but also demanded a response that impacted—and was itself shaped by—economic, political & security considerations."✍@EliseLabott
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Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest

COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.

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Great clip from #FFP's @FiertzNatalie on how #COVID19 has driven global fragility. #fsi @Lizhume4peace via @YouTube

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Nearly 20 members of the House led a bipartisan letter 1 month ago to call on @WhiteHouse to hasten the implementation of the #GlobalFragilityAct & name priority countries.

⚠ The #GFA is more important than ever after the destabilizing effects of #COVID

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs Leads Letter to President Biden Urging Swift Implementation of the Global Fragility Act | Congresswoman Sara Jacobs

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