The two sides must be convinced to enter talks.
The country's political transition is slowed by the demands of the various groups.
The region is endangered by its proximity to drug routes and to turf wars.
Political sentiment in the troubled eurozone countries is more leftist than that found in the core.
Stockholm is considering spending more money on the military.
A Dutch far-right party means to boost ties among anti-EU parties ahead of European Parliament elections.
Rebels in Darfur and Kordofan threaten to further break up the Sudanese state.
Over the past two weeks, forces still loyal to al Assad have made some successful advances.