Detailed Crisis Group reports showcase our best take on how to solve a deadly conflict or geopolitical crisis, but they represent only part of our method. Our credibility and impact is rooted in field research that is an interactive process. Our analysts travel to war zones and remote crisis regions where they meet a uniquely wide spectrum of people, from top officials to the media, and from civil society activists to front line commanders. Our colleagues are not just asking questions, they are sharing information, testing ideas, and advocating recommendations that can prevent the outbreak of war or advance the cause of peace. “Our Journeys” are first-person narratives that give behind the scenes access to this essential part of our work.
It may seem that Mexico’s crime war, which has left over 100,000 dead in its wake, could not get any worse. But interviews with gunmen in deadly Tierra Caliente show that it can, as criminal organisations break into smaller and smaller parts, driving up the death toll.
Ten years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka Project Director Alan Keenan and Photographer Julie David de Lossy travelled 1,500km through ex-combat zones. They found a population finding ways to cope with their traumatic experiences and an extraordinary array of monuments to the war.
Researching the talks on forming a new Iraqi ruling coalition, our Senior Adviser for Iraq Maria Fantappie finds a country whose youth, women, civil society, officials and even politicians are hungry for bottom-up change to a stalemated, top-down system of governance.
Despite their traumatic history, Iraqis are finding individual and civic solutions to their country’s political failures. Crisis Group photographer Julie David de Lossy visited Baghdad in October-November 2018 and returned with portraits of its people’s search for normalcy.
Researching how Mexico can uproot the scourge of organised crime, our Senior Analyst Falko Ernst befriends a doomed hitman on the run from his past. Talking to the sicario in the Michoacán underworld, he learns much about the deadly challenges the new government faces.