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Middle East & North Africa

CrisisWatch Middle East & North Africa

CrisisWatch is a monthly early warning bulletin designed to provide a regular update on the state of the most significant situations of conflict around the world.

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26 Apr 2017
American officials habitually discuss the issue [of U.S. prisoners] with their Iranian counterparts on the sidelines of nuclear-related meetings, but [their] fate is not in the hands of foreign ministry officials. Los Angeles Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
25 Apr 2017
What we don’t know is how much control will be extended over the Rapid Support Forces [who have been deployed to Yemen by Sudan]. IRIN News

Magnus Taylor

Analyst, Horn of Africa
21 Apr 2017
[The West has] thrown values by the wayside, but also not been able to act in [their] own interests, because [they] let things [in Syria] go too long. The New York Times

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
20 Apr 2017
Iran's strategy in Iraq is a policy of divide and rule. Kurdish society is very divided at the moment and Iran has a chance to exploit those divisions. Al-Monitor

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East and North Africa
19 Apr 2017
Both the administration and Congress have realized that killing a deal [with Iran] would put the United States in a weaker, not stronger, position to reshape Iran’s regional policies. Al-Monitor

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
18 Apr 2017
Israel is trying to de-incentivize future hunger strikes and is trying to basically embrace the 'no concession' policy… they are taking deterrent measures. Anadolu Agency

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

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How All Sides of Yemen’s War Are Weaponising Hunger and Creating a Famine

With the world's largest hunger crisis, Yemen sits precariously on the brink of famine. Avoiding it will require all warring parties to desist from weaponising Yemen's increasingly fragile economy and return to the negotiating table.

Originally published in World Politics Review

Verify, then Verify Again

Six months into research fellowships made possible by Canadian philanthropist and Crisis Group Trustee Frank Giustra, we catch up with three young experts now working with our Europe, Africa and Middle East teams. Here we talk to Armenak Tokmajyan, working on humanitarian dimensions of the Syrian war.

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Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on famine. Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the violence.

Instruments of Pain (I): Conflict and Famine in Yemen

War is denying Yemenis food to eat. This special briefing, the first of four examining the famine threats there and in South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, urges the Saudi-led coalition not to assault Yemen’s most important port, Hodeida, and both sides to immediately resolve deadlock over the Central Bank.

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