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Event Recordings

Please find below recordings of Crisis Group’s expert panels, events and presentations related to our field research and policy work. Most are video recordings but there are some audio versions too. We hope all are a podcast-like way to listen in to our public discussions and catch up with any of our events that you may have missed.

Coca and Violence in Colombia (Online Event, 5th March 2021)

Amid an alarming rise in rural violence in Colombia, the country’s U.S.-backed drug policy is facing a new test. Bogotá argues that eliminating coca – the raw material for cocaine – is the only route to improving security in the countryside. Yet its hardline approach of forcefully eradicating the crop is having the opposite effect, exacerbating conflict in rural Colombia and undermining the country’s ability to consolidate the 2016 peace agreement. Eradication places the poorest, most vulnerable farming communities in jeopardy, while having little impact on drug supply to the United States. 

As the Biden administration reframes priorities in Latin America, the panel joined WOLA’s expertise on drug policy, Viso Mutop’s field-level experience and the analysis of a new International Crisis Group report entitled ‘Deeply Rooted: Coca eradication and violence in Colombia’.

EU Watch List: 10 Cases Where the EU can Build Peace in 2021 (Online Event, 2nd February 2021) 

Crisis Group’s Senior staff were joined by representatives from the European Commission and the European External Action Service to analyse the relevance and the policy suggestions of the ten cases presented in the 2021 EU Watch List.

The briefing began with a high-level panel on global conflict trends, followed by a presentation of the Watch List with interventions from EU senior officials and Crisis Group Program Directors. A Q&A with participants concluded the event.

How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue (Online Event, 28th January 2021)

The Kosovo-Serbia dialogue is at a standstill, despite past EU and U.S. led mediation efforts, and will require a shift in thinking to revive.

In this conversation, we discussed what currently stands in the way of a new status quo and what it will take to relaunch the process with the Pristina elections in view.

Rebels for Whose Cause? Stories from the Frontline of Gendered Counter-Terrorism (Online Event, 18th December 2020)

A discussion marking Crisis Group's new report on the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, the WPS agenda's prospects and troubled implementation. In this talk, panellists explore how WPS work has been integrated with the complement to counter-terrorism known as "countering violent extremism." Panellists describe their experiences and field research from Nigeria to Tunisia to Afghanistan, examining how activism has become tangled in and sometimes subordinated to states' efforts to combat Islamist militancy. The panellists also discuss practical recommendations for governments and donors promoting a safer and more equitable vision of the WPS agenda.

Violence, Patronage and Dwindling Exports: Fixing Zimbabwe's Gold Mining Sector (Online Event, 10th December 2020)

Scenes of gang violence have multiplied in Zimbabwe’s gold mining sector over the past years, costing hundreds of lives. While the media and government blame the booming industry of artisanal mining, it is clear that Zimbabwe’s flawed centralised gold buying scheme, patronage-based economy and obsolete regulatory system have played a major role in the escalation of the violence. Significantly, the growing instability has now eroded export revenue when it is most needed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to keep the country’s struggling economy afloat.

On Thursday, 10 December, our Africa Program Deputy Director, Dino Mahtani, and his guests, Piers Pigou, Crisis Group’s Senior Consultant for Southern Africa, Mukasiri Sibanda, Tax and Natural Resource Governance Advisor at Tax Justice Network Africa, and Anouk Rigterink, Former Economics of Conflicts Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Durham, discussed the need for reforms and development in the Zimbabwean mining industry during an online conference entitled “Violence, Patronage and Dwindling Exports – Fixing Zimbabwe’s Gold Mining Sector”.

This online event followed the publication of a report entitled All That Glitters is Not Gold: Turmoil in Zimbabwe’s Mining Sector. In it, we argue that the government and mining companies, as well as civil society and international actors, can all take progressive measures to prevent these violent outbursts, which are strongly destabilising one of the country’s leading industries.

Somalia Elections 2020-2021: Lowering the Prospects of Turmoil (Online Event, 1st Dec 2020)

Somalia is currently organising presidential and parliamentary elections after the mid-September agreement between the federal government and regional states unblocked an impasse that threatened to delay the contests past the current government’s constitutional term limit. Today, the threat of political violence still lingers as the tensions among key parties remain high and electoral preparations are lagging. 

On Thursday, 1 December, our analyst Omar Mahmood and guests, Executive Director of the European Institute for Peace and former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia Michael Keating and Kulan Consulting’s Hodan Hassan, discussed inclusivity, transparency and insecurity in the upcoming elections in an online conference titled Somalia Elections 2020-2021 – Lowering the Prospects of Turmoil. 

This online event follows the publication of a briefing entitled Staving off Violence around Somalia’s Elections, which is available in full in English on our website. In it, we argue that Somalia’s stakeholders and its international partners should make the indirect election another step toward democratisation, even if it does not get all the way to universal suffrage as some had hoped. With the help of international observers on technical issues, the 2020-2021 elections could gain credibility and lower the prospects of violent confrontations in the country. 

Myanmar's 2020 elections: Path to stability or flashpoint for conflict? (Online Event, 26 Oct 2020)

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy seem set to win a second five-year term in general elections on 8 November. But a major democratic test will be whether the poll can convince the country’s minorities that they are getting fair representation, or whether some will see no alternative to the well-trodden path of insurgency.

Beyond the faltering peace process, our panel discussion on Myanmar's second elections since emerging from military rule in 2011 will address the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the growing economic crisis and the abiding need for constitutional reform.

The UN at 75: Requiem or Renewal?  (Online event, 22 September 2020)

In its 75 anniversary year, the UN faces a series of daunting crises. The Security Council is divided over issues from Venezuela to Iran. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated tensions between China and the U.S. across the UN system. A widely-praised appeal by Secretary-General Guterres for a global ceasefire in response to the pandemic made little real differences to conflicts worldwide. Can the organisation continue to play a significant role in international peace and security in an era of geopolitical competition?

The panel features Wendy Sherman, former U.S Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Gérard Araud, former Ambassador of France to the United Nations and to the U.S. Richard Gowan, Crisis Group UN Director moderates the discussion.

Miracle or mirage? Gangs and the collapse of violence in El Salvador (Online Event, 21st July 2020)

Join us for an online panel discussion on the drop in homicide rates in El Salvador and the security policies of President Nayib Bukele.
 

Avoiding Conflict in DR Congo’s Mining Heartland (Online Event, 13th July 2020)

Competition between industrial and artisanal miners has been a source of tension in the DR Congo's mineral-rich provinces of Haut-Katanga and Lualaba, leading to interventions by state security forces. Crisis Group's latest report, "Mineral Concessions: Avoiding Conflict in DR Congo’s Mining Heartland" discusses how the government and international mining companies can best address this conflict risk.

Rethinking Approaches to Peacebuilding in Yemen (Online Event, 7th July 2020)

Crisis Group's major new report, "Rethinking Peace in Yemen", is based on a year and a half of extensive field research inside Yemen, and more than 100 in-person and telephone interviews with Yemeni actors, and regional and international stakeholders. The report maps out shifts in Yemen’s political geography over five years of conflict, recommends that policy makers rethink the requirements for peace and argues that a wider range of actors need to be included in UN-led talks. It calls for a more limited agreement to end the war focused on securing a ceasefire and the resumption of services, while avoiding too rapid a recentralisation of power in the capital.

How is Turkey dealing with its ISIS returnees? (Online Event, 2nd July 2020)

The Islamic State's diminished stature and measures adopted by the Turkish authorities have spared Turkey from ISIS attacks for more than three years. But while the threat should not be overplayed, it has not necessarily disappeared. That Turkish returnees turn their back on jihadist militancy is important for national and regional security. Crisis Group's latest report looks at Ankara’s approach toward returnees, with recommendations to further ensure former ISIS members steer clear of militancy.

Chief Negotiators' Advice: Next Steps on North Korea (Online Event, 15th June 2020)

Two years have passed since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's historic Singapore summit. But nuclear diplomacy remains stuck and the 2018 June Singapore Joint Statement has not been implemented. The coronavirus pandemic and U.S. presidential elections in November might convince both capitals to kick the can down the road until next year, at the earliest. But Pyongyang's nuclear weapons capability continues to advance without restrictions.

In this conversation, former chief envoys from the U.S. and South Korea who negotiated the 1994 Agreed Framework, the 2005 and 2007 Six Party Talks agreements, and the 2012 Leap Day deal with North Korea during the Clinton, Roh, Bush, and Obama administrations look back and advice on next steps towards denuclearization, peace, and regional stability.

Defeating the Spike in Jihadist Attacks in Niger’s Tillabery (Online Event, 10th June 2020)

Crisis group's Sahel Senior Analyst Hannah Armstrong and Africa Deputy Program Director Dino Mahtani held a panel moderated by our Director for Africa Regional Advocacy Elissa Jobson, on the renewed spike in jihadist attacks in Niger’s Tillabery region and Niamey’s response to it.

Una guerra cotidiana: Guerrero y los retos a la paz en México (evento online, 10 de junio de 2020)

Panel en línea con la participación de los expertos de Crisis Group Falko Ernst y Jane Esberg, quienes presentan sus últimos informes sobre la violencia en México, comentarios a cargo del destacado investigador y columnista Sergio Aguayo y moderado por la subdirectora del Programa de América Latina y el Caribe, Renata Segura. Las palabras de apertura estan a cargo del director del Programa de América Latina y el Caribe de Crisis Group, Ivan Briscoe.

Helping Isolated Post-Soviet De Facto Statelets During the Pandemic (Online Event, 12th May 2020)

Crisis Group organised an online event to discuss its briefing on the COVID-19 challenge in post-Soviet breakaway statelets.
 

The Regionalisation of Libya's Civil War (Online Event, 5th May 2020)

Crisis Group's Libya Senior Analyst Claudia Gazzini and Turkey Project Director Nigar Göksel participated in a panel discussion, moderated by our Communications & Outreach Director Hugh Pope, focusing on Crisis Group's 29 April report on outside intervention in Libya.

Gulf Tensions In The Time Of COVID - 19 (Online Event, 5th May 2020)

Tensions in the Gulf have spiked long before the pandemic. COVID-19 is likely to intensify conflicts between Gulf rivals and renders the need for de-escalation mechanisms even more necessary, particularly between the U.S. and Iran. Oil prices have collapsed and could lead to a geopolitical reset. How will the crisis play out in the Gulf? What are the prospects for a long-overdue inclusive regional dialogue?