While growing geopolitical rifts often complicate or block international cooperation, global and regional multilateral bodies including the United Nations, international financial institutions, G7 and G20 still play an important role in crisis management, alongside regional organisations like the European Union and African Union. Crisis Group analyses diplomatic trends in multilateral forums, as well as the performance of international peacemaking, peacekeeping and conflict prevention efforts. Working closely with diplomats and international officials in New York, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Geneva and other international centres, we advise on mandates and strategies for mediation efforts and peace operations, as well as contributing ideas for institutional reform efforts.
Each year, Crisis Group publishes two updates to the EU Watch List that identify where the EU and its member states can help enhance prospects for peace. This update includes entries on Colombia, Niger, Tunisia, Türkiye and the Rohingya refugee crisis.
In this Twitter space, Comfort Ero and Richard Gowan talk about all you need to know for this year’s high-level meeting at the UN General Assembly.
Marking the opening of the 78th UN General Assembly, Crisis Group experts discuss challenges facing the UN’s efforts to promote peace and end conflict worldwide. This special page also includes Crisis Group’s latest updates from the annual High-Level Week in New York, as well as its coverage of the UN over the past year.
It has been a hard year at the UN, with major-power tensions rising, and more difficulties likely lie ahead. Nonetheless, there are several important steps the body’s officials and member states can take in the interest of international peace and security.
With tensions rising along the Israeli-Lebanese border, the UN peacekeeping force stationed in the area has arguably never been more important. With the mandate up for renewal, the UN Security Council and troop-contributing countries should reassert their backing for the mission in the strongest terms.
UN diplomacy aimed at reunifying Cyprus has been drifting since talks broke down in 2017. The Secretary-General should appoint an envoy to draft a roadmap with sufficient incentives to bring both Greek and Turkish Cypriots back to the table.
This week on The Horn, Alan Boswell speaks with Sanusha Naidu, Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Global Dialogue, about the upcoming BRICS Summit in South Africa, how the grouping has evolved recently and whether it is becoming a political counterpole to the Global North.
A lot of [the] time now, the U.N.’s role has been reduced to geopolitical ambulance-chasing.
The UN has to be cautious. I think, when it comes to specific policy issues like peacekeeping [in Ukraine].
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