Our Impact

Shaping the Politics of Peace

Crisis Group’s reporting and advocacy make real change in the world, incrementally over time and often against long odds. On a daily basis, our work informs policy discussions, highlights opportunities for effective early action, guides media coverage and draws attention to under-reported conflicts and humanitarian emergencies. Nevertheless, impact is always hard to quantify. Originally begun as information papers for our donors, we now make our Impact Notes publicly available to give a glimpse of what we do and how we think we are making progress in pursuit of peace.

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Impact Notes

How Climate Science Can Help Conflict Prevention

With climate change’s impact on peace and security set to grow in the years to come, Crisis Group has stepped up its analysis of the links between climate and conflict, helping shape climate policy at the highest level through cutting-edge field research and wide-ranging outreach.

Editorial in the Washington Post: The World Must Do Something about the Children of ISIS Fighters

On 12 January 2020, the Editorial Board of the Washington Post cited International Crisis Group's recommendation of pursuing a  “Women and Children First” policy in repatriating Western ISIS affiliates – and warned about the risks to humanitarian values and security of failing to do so.

Impact Note / Africa

A Household Name in Cameroon

Crisis Group’s work in Cameroon put underreported risks in this country on the policymaking radar years before the outbreaks of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Far North and a separatist revolt in Anglophone regions.

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Impact Note / Africa

Editorial in the Washington Post: Sudan's President Must Resign

Drawing from analysis in our Sudan briefing, Improving Prospects for a Peaceful Transition in Sudan, the Washington Post Editorial Board argues that, faced with nationwide unrest and unpalatable alternatives, President Bashir should relinquish power.

Impact Note / Africa

Burkina Faso: A Report’s Conclusions, Presented on the Ground

A Crisis Group report would never come to be without months of field work, drafting and discussion. And as this photo essay shows, our analysts’ presentation of a new publication to its readers is also the beginning of a new cycle of research.

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