"The biggest challenge to the effort is choosing the parties to the negotiation. The Taliban have so far completely sidelined the Afghan government and have indicated that they only want to talk with the United States."
"Sudan's first national elections since 1986 are set for next week. To put it lightly, these elections are facing something of a credibility problem. Opposition parties have been restricted in their ability to campaign; the main opposition party has chosen to boycott the elections; and Sudan's president threatened to cut off the fingers of election monitors dispatched by the Carter Center."