Tracking Conflict Worldwide

CrisisWatch is our global conflict tracker, a tool designed to help decision-makers prevent deadly violence by keeping them up-to-date with developments in over 70 conflicts and crises, identifying trends and alerting them to risks of escalation and opportunities to advance peace.

Global Overview

Conflict situations deteriorated in ten countries in August 2004 according to September’s CrisisWatch bulletin. The massacre of 160 Congolese Tutsi refugees in Gatumba, Burundi, darkened the skies over the whole of Central Africa, warning of a possible return to full-scale war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Afghanistan also worsened in August with several deadly bombs, factional fighting and the murders of election workers. Explosions marred India’s independence day, leaving at least 28 dead over several days. Political violence escalated in Bangladesh as a grenade attack at an opposition rally in Dhaka killed 19. Fighting between Georgia and South Ossetia intensified last month, taking the lives of more than two dozen. The situations in Chechnya, Israel/Occupied Territories, Macedonia and Zimbabwe also deteriorated in August.

Six countries saw their situations improve in August, however. After multiple delays and more than a decade without a government, Somalia finally inaugurated a transitional parliament. Relative stability returned to Venezuela as President Hugo Chavez won backing of voters in a recall referendum. And the Angolan government announced long-awaited elections. Côte d'Ivoire, Uganda and Peru also showed improvements.

For September 2004, CrisisWatch identifies the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Georgia as Conflict Risk Alerts, or situations at particular risk of further conflict in the coming month; and Northern Ireland as a Conflict Resolution Opportunity.

CrisisWatch Digests