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.
In late December 2023, the UN Security Council signed on to a framework for channelling UN funds to African Union-led peacekeeping missions. In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Daniel Forti and Liesl Louw-Vaudran unpack the agreement and its implications.
This article was originally published in the World Politics Review.
With deadly conflict raging in countries across the continent, the African Union has much to do in helping make peace in the year ahead. This briefing identifies eight tasks in particular need of the organisation’s time and attention.
Originally published in Just Security.
Crisis Group’s Watch List identifies ten countries or regions at risk of deadly conflict or escalation thereof in 2024. In these places, early action, driven or supported by the EU and its member states, could enhance prospects for peace and stability.
The UN Secretary-General has encountered resistance to many of the ideas for strengthening international peace and security he laid out in a July policy brief. Achieving consensus on large-scale multilateral reform will be hard, but a summit in 2024 is a focus for limited innovation.
Regaining It Will Require Accepting a Diminished Role for an Age of Competition.
On 24 October, Crisis Group's President and CEO Comfort Ero delivered a speech when receiving The Sir Brian Urquhart Award from United Nations Association, UK (UNA-UK).
The U.N. is losing credibility as big power tensions rise.
[U.N. diplomats] have never really shaken off the suspicion that Trump might return to power.
Russian diplomats see the war in the Middle East as a huge opportunity to reset their position at the U.N.
The length and intensity of Israel’s operations in Gaza have left many UN members convinced that a ceasefire is essential.
A lot of [the] time now, the U.N.’s role has been reduced to geopolitical ambulance-chasing.
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