Talks aimed at ending the conflict in the East African nation of Burundi will begin in Kampala, Uganda on December 28th. The US, the EU and Burundi’s armed insurgency have all insisted that Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza step down. They say that his third term violated the 2000 Arusha peace agreement, which said that no president would serve more than two terms. The Arusha agreement, they say, is more important than the Burundian constitutional court's ruling that the constitution allowed Nkurunziza to be elected one more time.
The new US policy toward Rwanda, opposing constitutional change to allow President Paul Kagame to stay in power, has garnered wide attention. Friends of the Congo's Maurice Carney warns that it might well changed if Hillary Clinton becomes the next US president.