The United Nations has requested a record amount for humanitarian aid to Syria. "The figure for the new appeal is both an expression of the alarm about the situation facing Syrians and an absence of a political solution," says Adrian Edwards of the UN's refugee agency.
There are concerns that holding presidential elections in Mali in July could result in destabilization. Advocates for elections note that international assistance depends on there being a stable government. "If there were no restoration of democratic structures, the country would not get international aid and would struggle to cooperate with other countries," said Paul Melly of Chatham House.
The Central African Republic is being neglected internationally, observers charge. CAR's "crisis is seen as a domestic crisis with some regional overspills, but less of a threat to international peace and security than Somalia, Sahel or Eastern [Democratic Republic of] Congo," says Alex Vines of Chatham House.
Austria is removing its 380 peacekeepers from the 900-member United Nations force in the Golan Heights following clashes between Syrian rebels and government troops that injured two UN members. The UN Security Council has condemned the fighting in Golan.
Moving from reducing poverty to eradicating it means we have to change our thinking about poverty and its roots, writes David Woodward. It requires "a fundamental rethink of our whole approach, not only to development, but to the operation of the global economy," he argues.