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Briefing / Europe & Central Asia

Responding to Russia’s New Military Buildup Near Ukraine

Stalled Ukraine-Russia peace talks and a recent Russian buildup of troops near the Ukrainian border are raising tensions in Europe and with the U.S. Kyiv and its Western partners should send Moscow a strong deterrence message while also proposing mutual de-escalatory measures.

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.

Podcast

New Ways to Think About Nuclear Weapons

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and guest co-host Ali Vaez are joined by Emma Belcher, President of Ploughshares Fund, to talk about the extent to which nuclear policy debates have changed and ask whether we can break the deadlock by rethinking our approach to nuclear threats.

Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

War & Peace: Nuclear Weapons and Strategy

In this continuing War & Peace podcast sub-series, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to expert guests about all things nuclear weapons. Tune in to hear a range of perspectives about everything from deterrence to civil defence to nuclear-weapons-free zones.

Report / Asia

Vietnam Tacks Between Cooperation and Struggle in the South China Sea

Together with the Philippines, Vietnam is on the front line of maritime disputes with China. The risk of armed confrontation is low but growing. Hanoi should redouble efforts to build confidence, starting with less sensitive issues, and to establish an effective Code of Conduct.

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Report / Asia

Beyond Emergency Relief: Averting Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Catastrophe

International donors cut off all but emergency aid to Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover in August. Months later, the state is collapsing and a humanitarian disaster is looming. Donors should work with the state to restore basic public services and mitigate the population’s suffering.

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Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

Will Russia Invade Ukraine?

This week on Hold Your Fire! Richard Atwood is joined by Crisis Group experts Olga Oliker and Oleg Ignatov to look at what Russia hopes to achieve with its build-up of troops on the Ukrainian border.

Commentary / Africa

Russia’s Influence in the Central African Republic

Russia has become the Central African Republic’s preferred ally in its battle with insurgents. But the government’s use of Russian mercenaries as it goes on the offensive is causing domestic divisions and alienating other external partners. Concerns about rights abuses and misinformation campaigns are mounting.