Statement / Africa

A Triumph for Kenya’s Democracy

On 5 September, Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld Deputy President William Ruto’s victory in the 9 August presidential election. The decision concludes a hard-fought electoral campaign that, despite high stakes, was peaceful and transparent, showing the strength of the country’s institutions.

Statement / Africa

Avoiding the Abyss as War Resumes in Northern Ethiopia

Renewed fighting between a federal-Amhara-Eritrea coalition and Tigray’s forces has shattered a tenuous months-long truce. The reversal heralds a return to one of the world’s deadliest conflicts. International envoys should keep pressing the Ethiopian parties to renew the truce and begin formal direct negotiations.

How to Avert an Imminent Disaster off Yemen’s Red Sea Coast

A floating oil storage facility in Yemeni waters is on the verge of breaking or blowing up. Time is running out to raise the remaining $20 million needed for a salvage operation to prevent ecological and economic damage of historic proportions.

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كيفية تفادي حدوث كارثة وشيكة على ساحل اليمن على البحر الأحمر

ثمة منشأة تخزين نفط عائمة في المياه اليمنية على وشك التصدع أو الانفجار. والوقت ينفد لجمع 20 مليون دولار هو المبلغ المتبقي اللازم لعملية إنقاذية لمنع حدوث أضرار بيئية واقتصادية بأبعاد تاريخية.

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Statement / Global

An Agenda for the UN Secretary-General’s Trip to Russia and Ukraine

The UN Secretary-General is on his way to Moscow and Kyiv. With fighting still raging, he may find his diplomatic options limited, but nevertheless he should table proposals both for how to save lives now and how the UN might help with future peace talks.

Statement / Africa

Building on Ethiopia’s Fragile Truce

A truce in Ethiopia has generated cautious optimism. As the belligerents take tentative steps toward peace, the first order of business is to surge humanitarian aid into Tigray and restore vital services. The country’s external partners should find ways to nudge all parties toward compromise.

Avoiding an Even Worse Catastrophe in Ukraine

With the war in Ukraine grinding on, Western governments should pursue a strategy that raises costs to Russia while urgently exploring the contours of a negotiated solution. Such an approach is imperative to halt Ukraine’s decimation and to ward off the gravest threat of nuclear confrontation in decades.

International Unity is Needed to Prevent a Divided Libya

Libya again has two rival administrations pressing claims to be the rightful government. Both sides have armed loyalists. Outside powers should join hands to help stop them from clashing once more.

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الحاجة إلى موقف دولي موحّد لمنع انقسام ليبيا

مرة أخرى، في ليبيا إدارتان متنافستان تدّعي كل منهما أنها الحكومة الشرعية. ولكلا الطرفين أنصار مسلحون. ولذلك، ينبغي على القوى الخارجية أن تتوحد للمساعدة على منعهما من الاصطدام مرة أخرى.

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What the UN General Assembly Can Do for Ukraine

The UN General Assembly begins an Emergency Special Session on the war in Ukraine. UN members, and especially those from Africa, Asia and Latin America, should use this opportunity to condemn Russia's aggression and take steps to contain and de-escalate the conflict.

War in Europe: Responding to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s assault on Ukraine threatens to become the largest European conflict in decades. A vigorous but judicious Western and global response is critical to limit the damage.

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Guerra en Europa: Cómo Responder a la invasión rusa de Ucrania

El asalto de Rusia a Ucrania amenaza con convertirse en el mayor conflicto europeo en décadas. Una respuesta enérgica pero prudente por parte de Occidente y a nivel global es fundamental para contener los daños.

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Statement / Global

A New Chapter for Crisis Group: A Message from President & CEO Dr. Comfort Ero

On 24 December, the International Crisis Group's Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Comfort Ero as the organisation's President & CEO. In this inaugural message, she lays out her vision, goals and a personal vocation that underpins her career in preventing deadly conflict.

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Statement / Global

Nouveau chapitre pour Crisis Group : Un message de la Présidente et Directrice générale, Comfort Ero

Le 24 décembre, le Conseil d'Administration de l’International Crisis Group a nommé Comfort Ero au poste de Présidente et Directrice générale. Dans ce message inaugural, elle explique sa vision, ses objectifs et la vocation personnelle qui accompagne sa carrière centrée sur la prévention des conflits.

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Statement / Global

Un nuevo capítulo para Crisis Group: mensaje de la presidenta y CEO, Dra. Comfort Ero

El 24 de diciembre, el Consejo Directivo de Crisis Group nombró a la Dra. Comfort Ero como presidenta y directora ejecutiva de la organización. En este mensaje inaugural, la Dra. Ero expone su visión, objetivos y la vocación personal que impulsa su carrera en la prevención de conflictos violentos.

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Statement / Africa

Cameroon Needs an African Cup Ceasefire

Cameroon will shortly begin hosting the biggest Africa Cup of Nations in history. Eight games will be held in Anglophone regions riven since 2016 by conflict between the government and separatists. Internal and external actors should seize the opportunity to broker a football truce.

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Statement / Africa

La Coupe d’Afrique, une opportunité de cessez-le-feu pour le Cameroun

Le Cameroun va bientôt accueillir la plus grande Coupe d'Afrique des Nations de l'histoire. Huit matchs seront joués dans des régions anglophones déchirées depuis 2016 par un conflit entre le gouvernement et les séparatistes. Les acteurs internes et externes devraient saisir cette occasion pour négocier un cessez-le-feu.

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Statement / Africa

A Rare Chance for Peace in Ethiopia

Tigray’s leaders have withdrawn their forces from neighbouring regions and called for a cessation of hostilities followed by negotiations. Ethiopia’s federal government should grasp this opportunity to end the fighting, while international actors should step up to provide support for talks.

Statement / Africa

Crisis Group Rejects False Allegations Made Against Ethiopia Senior Analyst

In this statement, Crisis Group corrects the record regarding William Davison, Senior Analyst for Ethiopia.

Statement / Africa

Time to End Ethiopia’s Unwinnable Civil War

Federal forces have recorded gains in recent weeks but Ethiopia’s brutal civil war may well grind on without a winner. Addis Ababa must let more aid into blockaded Tigray and the region’s dissident leadership should recognise the federal government’s legitimacy pending detailed ceasefire talks.

Statement / Global

Time for the UN Security Council to Act on Climate Security

A draft UN Security Council resolution would increase the United Nations’ attention to the effects of climate change on war and peace. Member states should back this initiative – notwithstanding a possible veto – to encourage odds of passage and promote international discussion of this vital subject.

Statement / Africa

Reversing Sudan’s Dangerous Coup

The Sudanese military has ousted civilian leaders in a power grab that leaves the country’s transition in limbo. Led by the African Union, external actors should pull out all the stops to reverse a coup that could tip Sudan into sustained unrest and chaos.

Statement / Africa

Somalia’s Politicians Play with Fire – Again

Rival security forces came close to blows in Mogadishu amid a clash between the president and prime minister. These tensions are blocking the path to elections. International actors should name spoilers and wield sanctions against those who keep pushing Somalia to the edge of conflict. 

Statement / Africa

As Ethiopian Troops Exit Tigray, Time to Focus on Relief

Ethiopia’s military withdrew from Tigray’s capital on 28 June, having suffered a string of battlefield reversals. Addis Ababa and Tigrayan leaders should now work on extending immediate aid to a population at risk of famine. They should also pursue political reconciliation in due time. 

Venezuela: An Opportunity That Should Be Seized

A series of gestures from Caracas suggests that President Nicolás Maduro’s government might be more willing to negotiate with rivals and enact partial reforms. Washington should respond in kind with phased sanctions relief and diplomatic gestures that can be reversed if Venezuela backslides.

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Venezuela: una oportunidad que no se puede desaprovechar

Una serie de gestos desde Caracas sugieren que el gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro podría estar un poco más interesado en negociar con sus rivales y poner en marcha una serie de reformas parciales. Washington debe responder en un tono similar, levantando gradualmente algunas de las sanciones y haciendo gestos diplomáticos que puedan ser revertidos si se genera algún retroceso por parte de Caracas. 

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Why Palestinian Elections Should Get Back on Track

Citing Israeli obstruction, President Mahmoud Abbas has put off elections that were slated to begin in May. The decision is disappointing, as Palestinian institutions need refreshing. The polls should be rescheduled, with the full backing of outside powers, including the European Union and United States. 

Responding to the New Crisis on Ukraine’s Borders

Tension fuelled by Russia’s massing of forces near Ukraine’s borders in recent weeks have been compounded by sanctions, expulsions of diplomats and hostile words between Moscow and Western capitals. Calibrated deterrence paired with dialogue could reopen negotiations regarding Ukraine and help reverse a dangerous escalation.

Statement / Africa

Somalia: Averting a Descent into Political Violence

Tensions are running high following the Somali parliament’s decision to extend the incumbent president’s mandate by two years. External partners should urgently convene – and mediate – talks among the country’s bitterly divided elites, to prevent its worst political crisis in years from escalating.

Bringing the U.S. and Iran out of Suspended Animation

The 2015 Iran nuclear accord is at grave risk of collapse. Despite the new U.S. administration’s pledge to rejoin it, Trump-era sanctions remain in place as Washington and Tehran go around in circles as to who should move first. The EU should break the deadlock.

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