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Who We Are

Preventing War. Shaping Peace.

Our Mission

The International Crisis Group is an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world.

Crisis Group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. We build support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. We engage directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace.

Our work is urgently needed as the world is confronted with both new and chronic existing conflicts, each of which as devastating humanitarian, social and economic costs. Efforts to resolve conflicts are complicated by the profound shift in geopolitics, as well as the increasing prominence of non-state actors ranging from religious militants to criminal gangs.

See our introductory brochure: Preventing War. Shaping Peace.

In this more polarised, fragmented and dangerous world, Crisis Group’s work points a way forward. War is not inevitable; it is a man-made disaster. We must mobilise political leaders to heed early warnings and take early action to avoid looming conflicts. And we must build more creative and flexible frameworks for international diplomacy.

The consequences of inaction are too great:

  • Over 82.4 million people are now displaced due to conflict and persecution – more than ever recorded.
  • War and civil strife drive most refugees from the top five source countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar.
  • An estimated 81,447 people were killed in conflicts in 2020.

Sources: UNHCR (2021), Uppsala Conflict Data Program (2020)

Watch our Board Members explain why they act to stop war.

Strategic Framework

Crisis Group aspires to be the preeminent organisation providing independent analysis and advice on how to prevent, resolve or better manage deadly conflict. We combine expert field research, analysis and engagement with policymakers across the world in order to effect change in the crisis situations on which we work. We endeavour to talk to all sides and in doing so to build on our role as a trusted source of field-centred information, fresh perspectives and advice for conflict parties and external actors.

Read our Strategic Framework 2019-2024.


Crisis Group was founded in 1995 - in response to the horrors of Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia - to alert the world to potential conflicts before they spiral out of control.

Learn more about our history


Richard Atwood

Interim President

Comfort Ero

Interim Vice President & Program Director, Africa

Isabelle Arradon

Director of Research

Bénédicte Benoit

Director of Government & Multilateral Relations

Robert Blecher

Program Director, Future of Conflict

Ivan Briscoe

Program Director, Latin America and Caribbean

Richard Gowan

UN Director

Michael Wahid Hanna

Program Director, U.S.

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