Friday, December 19, 2008

Losing Breathing Room

Sometimes, temporary agreements are meant to create breathing room in the hopes that over time, a more permanent arrangement can be negotiated (or tempers can cool). This hope in terms of the Hamas-Israel cease-fire over Gaza appears to have been in vain. The truce comes to an end with no further progress.

It also appears that the power-sharing talks for Zimbabwe, an attempt to begin to negotiate what the shape of a post-Mugabe state might look like, are also breaking down.

So we have two reviving crises to add to the plate for January 2009.

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