A group of youth participate during a capacity development workshop held by Ba Futuru, a peace building organization in East Timor. Photo by: Stars Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND 

Religious extremism and terrorism continues to hamper development efforts in the Middle East and North Africa, instability and violence rage on in Libya, Syria, the Central African Republic and Israel and the Palestinian territories, as do border conflicts such as Russia’s controversial move into Ukraine.

Meanwhile, peace talks forge ahead in Colombia and Cuba.

About the author

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    Claire Luke

    Claire is a journalist passionate about all things development, with a particular interest in labor, having worked previously for the Indonesia-based International Labor Organization. She has experience reporting in Cambodia, Nicaragua and Burma, and is happy to be immersed in the action of D.C. Claire is a master's candidate in development economics at the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs and received her bachelor's degree in political philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross.