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A photo shows a campaign signboad displayed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at Ogijo, Nigeria, on 3 July 2015. AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei

Boko Haram on the Back Foot?

Africa Briefing N°120, 4 May 2016

Boko Haram is losing ground, resources and fighters. But defeating the group and preventing a future insurgency needs more than military success. The 14 May summit in Abuja is an opportunity for Nigeria and its Lake Chad basin neighbours to prepare and implement what's been long overdue: a holistic response to the extremist group.

The Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention
Giustra Fellowship

Apply now to Crisis Group’s Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention. The first class of Fellows will work for the duration of two years on some of the organisation’s highest priorities: the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis; Russia’s shifting foreign policy interests; and the risks of a return to civil war and mass atrocities in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?
The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L), pauses as he speaks to the media as he leaves the Yemeni capital Sanaa after a five-day visit, 14 January 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

16 April 2016: Since fighting broke out in March last year, Yemen’s war has taken a devastating toll on this poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The conflict between the insurgent Huthi movement on the one side and the government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by a Saudi-led international coalition on the other side, has cost the lives of more than 6,000 people, half of whom were civilians. All hopes are now directed at UN-brokered peace talks due to start on Monday 18 April in Kuwait. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for the Arabian Peninsula, April Longley Alley, assesses what can be expected from the talks.

The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group
Global Refugee Crisis

12 April 2016: The Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group calls on world leaders to take more coordinated, better principled action to address the global refugee crisis. The scale of the tragedy shines the spotlight on just how remiss the international order has been in managing, much less settling, the conflicts that generate so much of today’s human flight.

Violent Extremism & Modern Conflict


Our recent report “Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State” launches a Crisis Group project on Violent Extremism and Modern Conflict, looking at how to counter the evolving threat posed by these groups and their ideology.

Read the full version of this report alongside videos, podcasts, and photos.

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