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.
In conflicts across the world, levels of displacement and hunger are increasing. The tactics used by leaders, governments and non-state armed groups have much to do with that misery.
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.
The fall of East Ghouta is another step towards Assad’s consolidation of control in Syria’s center.
The fact that [abuse of women and children] has increased so much in this past year or two is also directly related to the deteriorating economic situation in Libya.
[Afghan refugees] settle around urban centres, which may be relatively safe, but what essentially happens is it cuts them off from communities they belong to.
We’re in uncharted territory [with Moscow-led Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan]. We’re here in Russia’s back yard, and the ball is in their court.
Some of us looking at the conflict [in Syria] from the West have consistently underestimated the capacity for bloodshed in Syria to worsen. There’s a temptation to think, well, it can’t get any worse. And yet repeatedly it has gotten worse. And I think there’s a lesson there. There’s no reason to believe this will be as bad as things get.