Q&A / Africa

Revolt and Repression in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government’s decision to hike fuel prices has sparked fierce opposition. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Consultant Piers Pigou explains how economic hardship is driving ordinary citizens to unprecedented acts of resistance.

Making Yemen’s Hodeida Deal Stick

On 17 December, the UN announced a ceasefire in the contested governorate of Hodeida. Thus far, after some initial wobbling, it has held. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s senior Yemen analyst Peter Salisbury unpacks the ceasefire and assesses its prospects.

Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance?

Preliminary peace consultations on Yemen are scheduled to start in Stockholm on 6 December. This is the second attempt in three months to jump-start talks. Crisis Group consultant Peter Salisbury explains why the Sweden talks are so important and what could go wrong.

Mexico’s New President Squares Up to High Hopes for Peace

On 1 December, Andrés Manuel López Obrador will assume Mexico’s presidency. He won pledging to end a drug war that has killed tens of thousands. But, as Crisis Group’s Mexico Senior Analyst Falko Ernst argues, he faces formidable challenges that will make it hard for him to uphold his promises.

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El nuevo presidente de México llega con grandes esperanzas de paz

El 1 de diciembre, Andrés Manuel López Obrador asumirá la presidencia de México. Él ganó prometiendo poner fin a la guerra contra las drogas que ha cobrado la vida de decenas de miles de personas. Pero como argumenta Falko Ernst, analista senior de Crisis Group en México, enfrenta enormes desafíos.  

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A Rising Tide of Murder in Venezuela’s Mineral-rich South

Dead bodies are appearing across the Orinoco river basin of southern Venezuela. In this Q&A, Crisis Group consultant Bram Ebus explains how the killings are linked by jostling among criminals, guerrillas and soldiers for mineral wealth amid the country’s wider socio-economic meltdown.

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Una creciente marea de asesinatos en la zona minera del sur de Venezuela

Cadáveres están apareciendo a lo largo de la cuenca del Río Orinoco en el sur de Venezuela. En estas preguntas y respuestas, el consultor de Crisis Group Bram Ebus, explica cómo los asesinatos están conectados debido a las pugnas entre grupos criminales, guerrilleros y soldados por la riqueza mineral en medio de la mayor crisis socioeconómica del país.

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Q&A / Africa

Uncertainties Deepen in Cameroon after Divisive Election

Cameroon went to the polls on 7 October amid several crises, notably the conflict between the government and Anglophone separatists. Crisis Group’s expert Hans De Marie Heungoup, in Cameroon during the vote, says it has compounded the country’s problems but also offered reason for hope.

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Q&A / Africa

Les incertitudes se renforcent au Cameroun après une élection contestée

Le Cameroun s’est rendu aux urnes le 7 octobre, dans un contexte marqué par plusieurs crises, notamment le conflit entre le gouvernement et les séparatistes anglophones. Selon l’analyste de Crisis Group Hans De Marie Heungoup, présent au Cameroun lors de l’élection, le scrutin a aggravé les problèmes du pays mais a aussi donné des raisons d’espérer.

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Tunisia’s Political Polarisation Worsens after First Big Terrorist Attack in Two Years

A 29 October suicide bombing in the heart of Tunis dealt a blow to much-improved security since the last violent jihadist attacks in 2015-16. In this Q&A, our Senior Analyst for Tunisia Michael B. Ayari says it has also hammered a new wedge into Islamist-secularist political divides.

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La polarisation politique s’aggrave en Tunisie après le premier attentat d’envergure en deux ans

L’attentat-suicide perpétré le 29 octobre au cœur de Tunis marque un coup d’arrêt à l’amélioration du contexte sécuritaire depuis les dernières attaques jihadistes de 2015-2016. Dans cette série de questions-réponses, notre analyste principal pour la Tunisie, Michael B. Ayari, souligne que cette attaque renforce également les divisions entre islamistes et séculiers.

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Q&A / Asia

Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan

The Taliban have claimed the assassination of an influential Afghan police chief and another official in an attack that narrowly missed the head of U.S. forces. Senior Analyst Borhan Osman and Consultant Graeme Smith explain the repercussions for political stability in southern Afghanistan.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Regional Elections Test a Brittle Status Quo

The fallout continues to settle after Iraqi Kurdistan’s fraught independence referendum one year ago. In this Q&A, our Iraq Senior Adviser Maria Fantappie surveys the political landscape ahead of the first regional legislative elections since the plebiscite.

Is the Yemen Peace Process Coming Back to Life?

The UN special envoy to Yemen has invited the principal parties in the country’s civil war to Geneva for “consultations”. With the war rapidly approaching its fifth year, Crisis Group Consultant Peter Salisbury explains why any such Geneva talks are important and what should happen next.

Q&A / Africa

Land Reform in South Africa: Fact and Fiction

U.S. President Donald Trump touched off a diplomatic row with South Africa by repeating an erroneous broadcast about land reform there. In this Q&A, our Southern Africa Senior Consultant Piers Pigou sets the record straight about the land ownership and expropriation debates that are really underway in South Africa today.

Q&A / Africa

Tensions Rise Ahead of Zimbabwe’s Elections

On 30 July Zimbabwe will hold elections. For the first time since independence Robert Mugabe is not a candidate. His successor presents himself as a reformer – but many doubt the polls will be clean. The opposition warns that Zimbabweans will not tolerate another stolen election.

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