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Ukrainian forces' tank rides on December 11, 2014 in the village of Tonenke, in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.

Eastern Ukraine: A Dangerous Winter

Europe Report N°235, 18 December 2014

Winter in Ukraine is injecting further uncertainty into an already volatile conflict. After well over 5,000 deaths and eight months of war, eastern Ukraine – particularly the separatist-held parts of Donetsk and Luhansk – now runs the risk of a humanitarian crisis. All parties involved in the conflict should refrain from offensive operations, concentrating instead on helping the population survive the winter, and laying the groundwork for a political settlement.

Pursuing Peace Together
Pursuing Peace Together 2014

16 December 2014: Following on from the launch of our End-of-Year Appeal on #GivingTuesday, Crisis Group's President & CEO, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, shares with you some news directly from his visit to Iran. 

As we continue to work for peace throughout the world, join us in pursuing peace together.

Sri Lankan election – ‘The tighter the race, the more violent it threatens to be’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa presents World No Tobacco Day Award to his former ally Maithripala Sirisena, 31 May 2013.
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11 December 2014: Nearly two years ahead of schedule, Sri Lanka will go to the polls on January 8, with Rajapaksa set to run for a third term – a move widely seen as an attempt by the President to seek a fresh six-year mandate amid signs of fading popularity. In this interview with Deutsche Welle, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Sri Lanka, Alan Keenan, explains that with many indications that the race will be close, fears are growing in Sri Lanka that President Rajapaksa and his powerful brothers may resist leaving power even if Sirisena receives a majority of the votes.

Brazil’s Foreign Policy and Latin America: A New Chapter?
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (C, in red) gestures in front of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C left), Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd L), Uruguay's President Jose Mujica (L), Peru's President Ollanta Humala (3rd L), Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, President of the Republic of Guyana (top C), Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (3rd R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet (R) as they attend the official photo session for the 6th BRICS summit and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), in Brasilia July 16, 2014.

1 December 2014: Foreign policy has never had a substantial impact on election campaigns in Brazil. Ever since the return of democracy in 1985, the country’s international relations have been less a matter of public debate than the preserve of a competent diplomatic corps. It is no surprise, then, that recent presidential and congressional elections revolved around domestic, not international issues. Nonetheless, the intense debate during the campaign regarding Brazil’s place in the world will have foreign policy consequences for the immediate neighbourhood: Latin America.

Iran Nuclear Talks


11 December 2014: After a year of negotiations, the parties to the Iran nuclear talks failed to meet their deadline of 24 November. Nonetheless the talks will continue, with the goal of reaching a political agreement by 1 March 2015 and a comprehensive agreement, including an implementation plan, by 1 July 2015. In the following Q and A, Crisis Group Senior Iran Analyst Ali Vaez discusses what the new deadline means and how the talks might move forward.

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