This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard is joined by Jean-Hervé Jezequel, Crisis Group’s Sahel director, to discuss Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso’s withdrawal from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, their fight against al-Qaeda and ISIS-linked militants and the future of military rule in the Sahel.
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If the regional escalation [in the DRC] continues, we could find ourselves in a scenario like during the other Congo wars … More bombing means more displacement.
Regaining an ally in Sudan, especially along the Red Sea, would be a major win for Iran but will spook other regional and Western powers.
There hasn't been a major ceasefire push since the first few weeks of the war in Sudan … It's been a giant mess.
The credibility of the elections [in the DRC] has been severely damaged and the opposition may contest not only the outcome but the entire process.
The [Sudanese] army has never had to fight a war like this before and has shown itself not fit for purpose.
The Congolese state is still riven with corruption and [president Felix Tshisekedi] hasn’t done anything visible or immediately obvious to tackle it.
This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard is joined by Richard Moncrieff, Crisis Group’s Great Lakes director, to discuss M23 rebels’ advances in eastern DR Congo, Rwanda’s involvement and whether diplomacy and a southern African force can curb violence.
Zeinab Badawi speaks about the failure of international diplomacy to respond effectively to the war in Sudan.
This week on The Horn, Alan is joined by Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Crisis Group’s senior advisor to the African Union (AU), to discuss what happened (and not) at the 2024 AU Summit, the annual gathering of African heads of state.
The Horn of Africa is in turmoil. From the war in Sudan to Ethiopia’s rocky path out of conflict, from Somalia’s fight to defeat Al-Shabaab to the troubles of East African democracies, the pace of change in the region is difficult to keep up with. The Horn, a podcast series from the International Crisis Group, helps make sense of it all. Host Alan Boswell and guests dive deep behind the headlines as they analyse events, debate diplomacy and discuss possible avenues to peace. Produced by Maeve Frances. Episodes from past series of The Horn can be found here: Season 1, Season 2, Season 3 and Season 4.
In northern Mali, fighting has resumed between armed groups signatory to the 2015 peace agreement and government forces, even as clashes with jihadists continue. Bamako's initiative for an inter-Malian dialogue constitutes an opportunity to restore calm.
Dans cet épisode d’Afrique 360°, Enrica Picco et Rinaldo Depagne reçoivent Gilles Yabi, fondateur et directeur exécutif du think tank WATHI, pour parler de la crise qui secoue la Communauté des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Cédéao), des troubles politiques qui agitent le Sénégal et des conséquences de ces deux événements majeurs pour la stabilité de la région.
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.
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.
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