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We are the International Crisis Group
 
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The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
Crisis Group: On the Frontlines
 
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Follow Crisis Group's analysts into the field as they investigate conflicts and offer creative solutions. Crisis Group field analysts cover some 50 conflict and potential conflict situations worldwide. In this short film, Claudia Gazzini speaks with Libyan opposition figures, Graeme Smith in Kabul discusses NATO withdrawal, Noah Bonsey and Didem Akyel Collinsworth visit Syrian refugees, Bryan Kahumbura investigates jihadism in Kenya and Ali Vaez attends negotiations over Iranian nuclear capacities. A film by Dan Evans / getstorywise.com Producers: Dan Evans, Kimberly Abbott, Ben Dalton Camera: Dan Evans Field Audio: Ben Dalton
What Now for the Iran Nuclear Deal?
 
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What does U.S. withdrawal mean for the Iran Nuclear Deal? Watch Crisis Group's two-minute explainer video and to find out.
The Prize: Libya's Hydrocarbon Wealth
 
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The struggle over Libya’s hydrocarbon infrastructure and the institutions that manage its wealth reflect the myriad challenges of the post-Qadhafi era. In this video, our Senior Libya Analyst, Claudia Gazzini, explains the complex overlapping issues around the fight for Libya's energy wealth and how we went about researching the topic. Learn more in our report "The Prize: Fighting for Libya's Energy Wealth": http://bit.ly/1MYc8d6
Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America
 
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Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, abuse of women and forced displacement of thousands. This video from International Crisis Groups explores the social and economic roots of gang culture and discusses new approaches to minimise the violence of illicit gang activity. The governments must go beyond punitive measures, tackle extortion schemes and invest in communities. Read the full report on our website: http://bit.ly/2p3XR7e
Aden: A Shattered City in Fracturing Yemen
 
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Two and a half years after the last major fighting in the southern port city of Aden, officially Yemen’s “temporary capital”, our Arabian Peninsula Project Director April Longley Alley finds a patchwork of rival armed forces, buildings in ruins and political groups’ effective steps toward autonomy, if not outright separation.
Introducing Crisis Group’s Iran-U.S. Trigger List
 
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The risks of a direct, indirect, deliberate or inadvertent clash between Iran and the U.S. are rising to new highs. Our Iran-U.S. Trigger List is a unique interactive map and early warning tool that monitors and analyses the many flashpoints between the two countries, and shows how they are linked to the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal. Got to the Trigger List http://bit.ly/IranUSTL .
The Uncertain Future of the Afghan Local Police
 
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While the Afghan Local Police (ALP) began as a small U.S. experiment, it has grown into a significant part of the country's security apparatus. After travelling around Afghanistan for the last few years, Crisis Group's senior Afghanistan analyst, Graeme Smith, sheds some light on the uncertain nature of the ALP, and looks at the confusion surrounding whether they are harming or helping the situation.
Endiguer la dérive autoritaire en Tunisie / Stemming Tunisia’s Authoritarian Drift
 
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(FR) Tandis que la polarisation politique marque le septième anniversaire du soulèvement du 14 janvier 2011 en Tunisie, l'analyste principal de Crisis Group en Tunisie, Michaël Béchir Ayari, se penche sur le vent de nostalgie, croissant bien qu'illusoire, d'un régime fort et centralisé qui reprendrait le pays en mains. Il affirme que la coalition au pouvoir devra mener les réformes qu’elle avait promises, mettre en place la Cour constitutionnelle et organiser des élections municipales, déjà reportées à de nombreuses reprises, si elle veut que la transition tunisienne reste l’exemple d’une transition réussie dans le monde arabe. (EN) As dangerous signs of political polarisation mark the seventh anniversary of the 14 January 2011 Tunisian uprising, Crisis Group’s Tunisia Senior Analyst Michaël Béchir Ayari reflects on a growing but illusory popular nostalgia for strong, centralised government to get a grip on the country. He argues that to save the Arab world’s sole successful transition since 2011, the governing coalition should enact promised reforms, create a Constitutional court and hold long-delayed local elections.
Rebuilding Colombia's Trust in the Peace Process
 
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In this video, our Senior Analyst for Colombia, Kyle Johnson, highlights the main findings of Crisis Group’s report “In the Shadow of “No”: Peace after Colombia’s Plebiscite”. Johnson argues that rebuilding Colombian public’s trust will need swift and effective implementation of the revised peace agreement - including full apologies for past crimes and the visible handover of weapons by insurgents. Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2leCSRs
Welcome to the new crisisgroup.org
 
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Introducing the new website of the International Crisis Group.
Robert Malley on the 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018
 
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Crisis Group's President & CEO Robert Malley comments for BBC World News about the 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018.
The Community Factor in Colombia's Search For Peace
 
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The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas brought nearly four years of negotiations to a close by announcing a final peace deal on 24 August. In this documentary, Crisis Group's senior Colombia analyst Kyle Johnson travels to rural areas to speak to local communities affected by the peace accord.
In Pursuit of Peace: Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey
 
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To find out more about Crisis Group's work, go to http://www.crisisgroup.org On Friday 16 December 2011 we celebrated "In Pursuit of Peace" Award Dinner, where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honoured four women who have dedicated their lives to promoting peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world's most conflict-affected regions. This video introduces 2011 Honouree Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey, honoured for her commitment to restoring justice in Guatemala.
International Crisis Group at Work: South Caucasus
 
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Lawrence Sheets, South Caucasus Project Director, talks about International Crisis Group's work in the South Caucasus, promoting communication across the lines of the region's most intractable conflicts.
South Sudan and Sudan: Oil and China
 
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Casie Copeland, Crisis Group's Consulting Analyst and Jérôme Tubiana, Crisis Group's Sudan Senior Analyst, discuss the relationship of China, the biggest consumer of South Sudanese oil, with both Sudan and South Sudan.
Syria's War Post-ISIS: A Race for Resources
 
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Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Syria Noah Bonsey talks about the race for resources taking place along the Euphrates river as different sides of Syria's conflict continue to capture territory from ISIS.
La crise burundaise
 
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Dans cette vidéo, Thierry Vircoulon, directeur du projet Afrique centrale, explique les tenants et aboutissants de la crise qui secoue le Burundi depuis plusieurs mois. Les causes profondes, les risques immédiats et à moyen terme ainsi que les voies de sortie de cette crise sont abordées.
Syria Conflict
 
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Crisis Group's senior Syria analyst Noah Bonsey speaks to BBC World News about the Syria conflict which has seen its deadliest fighting in 3 years.
Venezuela in Crisis
 
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The results of the December 2015 parliamentary elections could have been an opportunity to seek a negotiated solution to Venezuela's protracted political crisis. Instead, the country is in a spiral of confrontation and chaos. In this video, Crisis Group Andes Senior Analyst Phil Gunson, and former Crisis Group Latin America Program Director Javier Ciurlizza explain how political confrontation, economic mismanagement and crime have pushed Venezuela to the brink of collapse.
Samina Ahmed on BBC World News America
 
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Crisis Group's Senior Asia Adviser Samina Ahmed appeared on BBC World News America to discuss drone strikes in Pakistan.
International Crisis Group at Work: Myanmar
 
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Jim Della-Giacoma, South East Asia Project Director, talks about International Crisis Group's work and impact in Myanmar.
Drug Trafficking and Violence in Guatemala
 
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Mark Schneider, Crisis Group's Senior Vice President and Special Adviser on Latin America, discusses the growing threat of drug traffickers in Guatemala.
War in Yemen
 
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Since March 2015, a civil war has been raging in Yemen involving several outside military powers. April Longley Alley, Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, explains how Yemen reached this destructive impasse.
Integrating Syrian Refugees in Istanbul's "District of Victimhood"
 
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Crisis Group’s Turkey Project Director Nigar Göksel talks about identity politics and growing frictions in the job market between Syrian refugees and host communities in the refugee-dense neighbourhoods of Turkey’s major western cities.
Integrating Syrian Refugees in Turkey
 
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In this video, our Project Director for Turkey Nigar Göksel explains the main findings of Crisis Group's report "Turkey’s Refugee Crisis: The Politics of Permanence" and advocates a long-term strategy to integrate Syrian refugees into Turkish society.
Robert Malley on Possible U.S. Responses to Syria Chemical Attack
 
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Crisis Group's President & CEO Robert Malley tells BBC World News Presenter Yalda Hakim that President Trump has numerous options to respond to Saturday's apparent chemical attack in Douma, Damascus.
Turkey's Syrian Quagmire
 
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Turkey hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, who fled brutal fighting at home. Turkey Analyst Didem Akyel Collinsworth and Senior Syria Analyst Noah Bonsey travelled to the Turkey-Syria border region to investigate the hardships that refugees face and the Turkish government response. Our full report on the rising costs of Turkey's Syrian quagmire is available here: http://bit.ly/1hdMNtB
Peña Nieto's Challenge: Criminal Cartels and Rule of Law in Mexico
 
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Javier Ciurlizza, Crisis Group's Latin America Program Director, looks at the challenges and opportunities Mexico faces as it combats drug violence.
Addressing Security Concerns to Advance Gender Equality in Pakistan
 
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Addressing security concerns in Pakistan is vital for creating a more gender equal society. In this video, Crisis Group's South Asia Project Director Samina Ahmed highlights the need for measures geared toward enabling women to become more economically independent, such as safer public transport and a more gender-sensitive police force.
About Crisis Group
 
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The International Crisis Group is now generally recognized as the world's leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. What distinguishes Crisis Group is its highly distinctive methodology: a combination of field-based research, sharply practical policy recommendations and high-level advocacy. Since its establishment in 1995, Crisis Group has played a significant role in shaping the debate and outcome of actual or potential conflict across the globe, including in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Through interviews with prominent international figures, this 10-minute video addresses the ways in which the International Crisis Group carries out it work, and the impact it has had over the years. For more information about International Crisis Group, please visit http://www.crisisgroup.org
Lebanon in the Crosshairs
 
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Lebanon is caught between Iran and Saudi Arabia as regional tensions rise following the resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri on 4 November. In this video from Beirut, Crisis Group's Project Director for Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Heiko Wimmen argues that the resignation alone is unlikely to destabilise Lebanon, but that sanctions by Gulf states might well derail its fragile economy.
¿Paz en Colombia?: la comunidad internacional
 
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El Director del Programa para Latinoamérica y el Caribe del International Crisis Group, Javier Ciurlizza, incide en la importancia del papel de la comunidad internacional en los diálogos de La Habana, con el fin de que contribuyan a supervisar que los acuerdos de paz que se firmen en estas conversaciones se apliquen en Colombia.
Crisis Group Watch List 2018 (First Update)
 
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Crisis Group’s first update to our Watch List 2018 includes entries on the situation in Yemen, the impact of the Venezuelan crisis on the region, militant Buddhists and anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka, and Burundi’s dangerous referendum. This annual early-warning report identifies conflict situations in which prompt action by the European Union and its member states would generate stronger prospects for peace. Go to our Watch List 2018 First Update https://www.crisisgroup.org/global/11-watch-list-2018-first-update Go to our Watch List 2018 https://www.crisisgroup.org/global/10-watch-list-2018
Challenges for South Sudan and the Role of International Community
 
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International Crisis Group and the Embassy of Japan in Belgium co-hosted the event "From Prolonged Crisis to Sustainable Peace: Challenges for South Sudan and the Role of the International Community", on 17 November 2015 in Brussels to discuss how to support the August peace agreement to end South Sudan’s civil war. South Sudan’s Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, representatives of African states and the donor community discussed the world’s newest state’s development and security challenges. Please note that an earlier version of this video included footage from Nuba (Sudan), which has been removed.
A New Chance for European Defence
 
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On 11 December 2017, the European Council established a new defence pact known as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). In this interview, International Crisis Group's President & CEO Jean-Marie Guéhenno explains how it gives signatory states a new chance to work towards more strategic autonomy and the ability to react quickly to pre-empt regional crises.
Peace and Coca Compete in Colombia's Periphery
 
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One of the most pressing security threats after the FARC peace agreement was signed is the fighting between armed groups trying to gain control over territories and illegal activities, such as coca production, which was previously dominated by the FARC. In this video, Senior Analyst for Colombia Kyle Johnson and Latin America Program Director Ivan Briscoe highlight main findings of Crisis Group's report "Colombia’s Armed Groups and the Fight for the Spoils of Peace".
Crisis Group Timelines: Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis
 
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Chronology of developments in Cameroon's Anglophone crisis. Created by International Crisis Group
South Sudan and Sudan: The Neighbours
 
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Casie Copeland, Crisis Group's Consulting Analyst and Jérôme Tubiana, Crisis Group's Sudan Senior Analyst, stress the increasingly regional nature of the conflict in South Sudan.
Colombia's Peace Talks: The Importance of Transitional Justice
 
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Peace talks are currently underway in Havana between the Colombian government and representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In this Google+ hangout, Communications Director Scott Malcomson spoke to Javier Ciurlizza, Latin America Program Director, and Christian Voelkel, Colombia Analyst, about the challenges of transitional justice facing Colombia after decades of conflict.
Syria’s Fractured Future
 
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Despite recent successes in Syria for the regime, Iran, Russia and Syria’s Kurds, deeper polarisation than ever points to a future in which the country remains chronically divided.
Coup in Burkina Faso
 
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In this interview with France24, West Africa Analyst Cynthia​ Ohayon explains why the military coup on 16 September in Burkina Faso did not come unexpectedly, and what leverage the international community has in mediating the crisis, less than four weeks before planned national elections in October. (18 September 2015)
Sudan: The Rebel Alliance
 
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Sudan: The Rebel Alliance A new alliance of Darfur rebel groups with the declared goal of regime change threatens the Doha peace process. Fouad Hikmat, African Union Sudan Special Adviser, explains that if the peace process is to have any chance of success, it must be inclusive. Transcript (edited for print): The new alliance, which is called the Sudan Revolutionary Front, is three Darfur rebel groups who rejected--or let's say, they were not a part of the Doha peace process. They came together with the SPLM North, which is the SLM Minawi and SLM Abdul Wahed and Justice and Equality movement of Khalil Ibrahim, and they said that they formed an alliance with a very clear manifesto. And one of the key objectives of that manifesto is regime change by all means, political and military. This alliance is at its infancy, because they have yet to develop leadership structure and the executive part of it and the joint army, and so on. They face a very big challenge. First of all, if these two parties are going to be able to foster this alliance, given that some of the elements have different doctrines, and perhaps also different thinking of what could be the future state of Sudan--and at the same time, they are ethnically and regionally based. One of the challenges is that this alliance needs to come out from regional and ethnic characteristics to become a national opposition to the NCP, to counter-balance as a political power to the NCP. And by definition, that means that they need to create a political platform to absorb or to attract the other opposition parties and marginalized areas to become a national body, recognized by the Sudanese before anybody else. By themselves, with the characteristics I've explained, it is very difficult that they are going to achieve their objective. If their objective is to remove the NCP totally from government, that is going to be a very big problem, because you need the NCP to be part of a national consensus on the way forward, and is definitely going to fight back, and that will deepen the polarization in Sudan. If they couldn''t manage to create a national consensus--i.e., to attract the opposition, to get critical mass--even if tomorrow they succeed in reaching Khartoum, I doubt that that will be the final match. Most probably that will be the semi-final. So the question is, who is going to play in the final? And that might lead to the implosion of Sudan. The alliance is going to impede the implementation of the Doha political process, because three members of this new alliance, once it become effective, are based in Darfur, and if their objective is regime change, it means that Darfur will remain the theater of operations, militarily and politically. And if the only signator of the Doha document for peace, the LJM, wants to move forward in the implementation, they are going to face a problem because the government, seen as the enemy by the members of the alliance, will fight. War will continue in Darfur, and in that sense the priority of the Darfur peace process is to create viable conditions for the return of the IDPs. That will be very difficult because the environment is not going to be viable at all. At the same time, justice and reconciliation is not going to happen, and the people of Darfur won't see the peace dividend to give that legitimacy to the new Doha process. So even if those who reject Doha, they won't fight LJM as the Darfur rebel groups did after they signed the Darfur peace agreement in Abuja. Fighting between these two rebel groups under the new alliance in the Darfur theatre by definition will complicate the implementation of the Doha process. I think this is a very serious impediment. So the challenge for the international community, the challenge for the two parties of the Doha peace process, is is how to make it inclusive. The alliance agenda is not about making the Doha process inclusive; its objective is to remove one of the parties of the Doha peace process.
Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt on BBC World News
 
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Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, North East Asia Project Director and China Adviser, appeared on BBC World News to discuss the talks between South Korea's President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping. North Korea's nuclear program is widely believed to have dominated the talks that took place in Beijing.
Containing the Shock Waves from Venezuela
 
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Crisis Group's Senior Analyst Phil Gunson explains how Venezuela’s socio-economic implosion is dragging in neighbours as hundreds of thousands of people flee the country, epidemics spread and violent crime spills over borders. International humanitarian support is needed and regional powers should push for a negotiated transition, including through threats of targeted sanctions.
Political Blockage and Rising Violence in DR Congo
 
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With no chance that DR Congo will hold elections as planned before the end of 2017, Richard Moncrieff, Crisis Group’s Central Africa Project Director, describes the political blockage that is fuelling popular frustration with politicians, the spread of violence, and a sense that the vast country is fraying at the edges. He argues that even if there is slippage in the election timetable, all sides must remain engaged over the long term to coordinate the preparation of both technical needs like ballot boxes and registration lists and also keep up pressure for the opening up of political space for free campaigning.
Life Beyond Arms: Challenges for the reincorporation of former FARC combatants and prisoners
 
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An International Crisis Group seminar held in Bogotá on 29 June 2017, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Ireland
Israel, Hizbollah and Iran: Preventing Another War in Syria
 
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Joost Hiltermann, Crisis Group's Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa talks about a new phase in Syria’s war that augurs escalation with Israel. As the Assad regime gains the upper hand, Hizbollah probes the south west and Iran seeks to augment its partners’ military capacities, Israel has grown fearful that Syria is becoming an Iranian base. And “rules of the game” that contained Israeli-Hizbollah clashes for over a decade have eroded. A broader war could be one miscalculation away. Russia should broker understandings that bolster the de-escalation agreement distancing Iran-backed forces from Syria’s armistice line with Israel; halt Iran’s construction of precision missile facilities and its military infrastructure in Syria; and convince Israel to acquiesce in foreign forces remaining in the rest of Syria pending a deal on the country’s future.
The Central African Crisis: Who is Fighting?
 
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Thierry Vircoulon, Crisis Group's Project Director for Central Africa, explains the main sides of the current conflict in the Central African Republic.
Crisis Group Staff Testimonial - Iskra Kirova
 
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In this video Iskra Kirova, Analyst, EU Advocacy and Research, speaks about her experiences working for Crisis Group.