Deadly conflict and political crisis are driving human suffering on a staggering scale. A record high of over 65 million people have been forced from their homes and almost 74 million face acute hunger due primarily to conflict and violence. The last decade has seen an increase in war and political violence, yet that is not the only factor underlying this trend. Many actors – leaders, governments and non-state armed groups – are deepening human misery for their own ends, often deliberately inflicting pain on civilians or using political or military tactics despite the enormous human cost. Through its reporting and advocacy, Crisis Group seeks to increase understanding of these dynamics and inform policies to limit the human costs of conflict.
The 2020 war over Nagorno-Karabakh left many issues unresolved and the front lines volatile. The parties should establish a formal communication channel to address urgent post-war problems, Russian peacekeepers need a clearer mandate and aid agencies must be granted access to the conflict zone.
Originally published in World Politics Review
There are probably multiple agendas at play in Marib but the most urgent is the Houthis' belief they can take Marib city and end the war for the north [of Yemen].
Sudan’s economy is in freefall and there has been limited international assistance.
[In Mexico,] under active conflict & criminal control, basic state functions like gathering crime statistics, let alone searching for disappeared, are impossible.
I think we're at an inflection point — because of what’s happening in Yemen and in the U.S.
In areas where there is a very great concentration of Central American migrants you are seeing a xenophobic reaction similar to what you see … in any other part of the world where you see an intense influx of migrants with very few resources
A better chance of success would be a deal whereby the Houthis permit a neutral third-party monitoring of shipments coming through the [Hodeida] port, essentially moving UNVIM [UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen] onshore.