Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 56

Also this week we start from Iraq and the battle for Ramadi. Iraq’s government has called for volunteers to fight against Islamic State and help retake the city. Here a report on the current situation.

Looking at the ISIL from a broader perspective we suggest this post by The Monkey Cage. The main question posed by the article is the following: Is the Islamic State an ordinary insurgency?

Moving from Iraq to Libya, the EU has approved the mission against migrant-smugglers. Here a detailed (and skeptical) analysis of the mission.

If you are interested in better understanding the current crisis in Burundi, we suggest to read the comments by the International Crisis Group.Over 20,000 reported to have fled to Rwanda since mid-March fearing electoral violence.

Finally, an interesting focus on the UK election and the surprising decline of “ethnic politics” in Northern Ireland.

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