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Some experts said the Somali officials wanted to show that they were capable of standing up for themselves and exerting independence, according to Reuters citing the International Crisis Group. Still, the events and the UAE's willingness to abandon Somalia in the face of difficulty have led to the looting ... Military
The Middle East is mired in what the International Crisis Group calls a dangerous "gap in perceptions that has locked Iran and its rivals in an escalatory spiral of proxy fights that is destroying the region". With Iranian-backed militias entrenched in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Iran's rivals worry it is seeking ...
"Al Sammad's death is yet another blow to the prospects for a successful political track," said Dr Joost Hiltermann, Mena director for the International Crisis Group. "Within the Houthi movement, he was considered to be a moderate who had good relations with the GPC." Although Al Sammad's death ...
Michael Kovrig, senior adviser for North East Asia at the International Crisis Group headquartered in Brussels, told Xinhua in a recent interview that the announcement could foreshadow a denuclearization of the Peninsula and a peace process in which China will play a central role. Kovrig said China ...

"With everything pointing toward Sisi removing term limits, there might be a confrontation with the military over it," says Issandr El Amrani, North Africa project director at the International Crisis Group. "You may have people in the military who are supportive of continuity and stability right now, for a ... Egypt
I spoke with Sam Heller, an expert from the International Crisis Group, and he thinks the regime may have offered the rebels this way out because in Idlib, they pose much less of a threat to the government. SAM HELLER: When they arrive in Idlib from the Damascus countryside or from Homs, then their ... Currency
Attacks by Ansarul Islam, a militant group founded by a radical preacher in 2016, are becoming increasingly frequent and deadly, the International Crisis Group said this month. More than 18,000 people have fled their homes since September and countless clinics have closed, said Munezero. Dozens of ... Currency
“We have had changes in the presidential and chief minister positions, but we can't expect much from government as long as it won't change its policy,” said Myanmar writer Kyaw Win. “When the NLD government received the state's power, International Crisis Group suggested that she [Aung San Suu Kyi] ... Currency
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met the president of the International Crisis Group (ICG) Robert Malley, in Doha yesterday. The meeting discussed means of enhancing co-operation between Qatar and the ICG, in addition to issues ...
"This is China asserting its regional hegemony and influence, saying, 'Hey, you talk to me first,'" said Michael Kovrig, senior adviser for Northeast Asia at the International Crisis Group. In video aired by China's state broadcaster China Central Television, Kim appeared reserved and collected as he sat at a ...
After the arrest of the head of the Chechen office, Oyub Titiyev, on obviously fabricated charges in January of this year, Memorial staff in neighboring regions were threatened with murder', Varvara Pakhomenko, from peacebuilding organisation the International Crisis Group, wrote on her Facebook page.
Issandr El Amrani, head of the North Africa section at the International Crisis Group, told Al Jazeera it is the government's sequential outlook that has prevented it from developing the area. "It is a security-first approach that postpones the economic development side of things - wrongly so since in the ...
Russia's aggression has divided Ukrainians physically and mentally. But the deepest rift is not between “pro-Russians” and “pro-Ukrainians”. It is between those who portray the war as an integral part of nation building for Ukraine and those for whom nation building is moot as long as the war grinds on.
From 2000 to 2009 he was president and chief executive of ndependent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation the Brussels-International Crisis Group. He has written or edited 13 books including his most recent called “Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir”. facebookSHARE · twitter ...

An estimated 2.75 million Syrians are registered in Turkey, around 3.5 per cent of the country's population, according to International Crisis Group, an independent body working to prevent wars and shape policies for a more peaceful world. More than 13 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian ...
“The red line is independence—or even having a referendum on independence,” said Joost Hiltermann, an expert on the Kurds who directs the Middle East and North Africa program at the International Crisis Group. Referring to the situation in Iraq, he said the regional powers such as Turkey, not to ...
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban appear to have rejected the bold proposal by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to invite them for direct peace talks with the government. In an unsigned commentary published last week on their official website, the Taliban said, “The permission of peace and war are ...
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi see the dispute as a "minor irritant" and "not an urgent problem, it's one that they can live with for a very long time, that it's not affecting US interests," said Rob Malley, head of the International Crisis Group think-tank. "They want to treat it as part of the furniture and not as something ...
BEIJING (AP) — An independent think tank says China's military is ramping up its security presence in Tajikistan with troop deployments amid fears that militants based in nearby Afghanistan could strike at western China. The International Crisis Group said in a report Wednesday that China has deployed ...
NAIROBI, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Experts at the international think tank on Tuesday welcomed a political truce between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga and urged them to use such gesture to yield meaningful change. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said the unity ...
Robert Malley, president of the International Crisis Group, echoed this on Twitter, saying: “The writing seems even more clearly on the wall as to the fate of the Iran deal” following the State Department reorganization. The reshuffle may also signal a shift on US policy on the Qatar crisis. The UAE, Saudi ...
“Politics could become even more toxic,” the International Crisis Group think-tank said in a recent statement. “The government's continued marginalization of BNP and its forcing underground of opponents like Jamaat-e-Islami, risk sapping resources from efforts to disrupt jihadists,” the think-tank said.
Ivan Briscoe, the Latin America and Caribbean programme director of the independent peacebuilding organisation International Crisis Group, explains that the migrant crisis will continue as long as the fundamental drivers of migration remain or increase. Referring to the crackdown on documentation at ...
"That won't sit well with many members in the trenches," Borhan Osman, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, told AFP. The Taliban's silence has provoked repeated calls for a direct response to Ghani's proposal made at an international conference in Kabul on February 28. The Afghan ...
Many independent observers disagree about the Y.P.G. “Everybody knows with a wink and a nod that it's the P.K.K.,” said Joost Hilterman, a longtime observer of the Kurds with the International Crisis Group. “The Y.P.G. is an integral part of the P.K.K. command structure. They may be mostly Syrians, though ...
Murithi Mutiga, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, said the meeting between the two "titans" of Kenyan politics was key because they have been feuding for so long. "The symbolism is very important but it is vital that they also invest heavily in ensuring that a more lasting settlement emerges ...
Overall, its performance is a mixed bag,” said Rashid Abdi, Horn of Africa Project Director for the International Crisis Group, an influential Brussels-based think-tank. Speaking to Gulf News by phone from Nairobi, Abdi noted: “AMISOM has managed to push out Al Shabab from Mogadishu, and from many ...
“An upsurge of attacks against Muslims by Sinhala Buddhist militants in Sri Lanka has raised fears of a new round of communal violence,” the International Crisis Group said in a report. On Thursday, shops were still smouldering in Katugasthota town where also mobs went on a rampage picking on the ...
“The kind of escalation we saw in the January [between Sudan and Egypt] was kind of a negotiation being carried out in public, with a ratcheting up of rhetoric that didn't necessarily match what was happening on the ground,” International Crisis Group's Horn of Africa Analyst Magnus Taylor tells Mada Masr ...
In 2016 alone, some 2,500 people were killed and tens of thousands displaced by farmer-herder conflict, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. Several years, that toll has exceeded the death count of the terror group Boko Haram. Fulani herdsman in Zango, Kaduna state, Nigeria, ...
"The borders are unstable at the moment due to both the humanitarian situation and to the number of criminal and violent actors," said Ivan Briscoe, Bogota-based Latin America director with the International Crisis Group. "I do not think that Colombia has either the resources or experience to be able to ...
The International Crisis Group report, titled “Turkey's Syrian Refugees: Defusing Metropolitan Tensions,” says 78% of poll respondents believe Syrians have made the country less safe, while 75% believe they can't live in peace with Syrians. Last year, clashes, tensions and other criminal incidents between ...
YANGON – The International Crisis Group (ICG), which focuses on preventing deadly conflicts, has warned the Bangladeshi government that domestic political polarization could fuel a resurgence of militancy by local jihadist movements, threatening the state's security and religious tolerance of minority ...
“The most important thing that Putin said was, 'I will not betray you,' ” Ali Vaez, an Iranian-American who heads the Iran portfolio of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, told me. The talks came less than three weeks after President Trump announced that he would not certify Iran's compliance with the landmark ...
“The borders are unstable at the moment due to both the humanitarian situation and to the number of criminal and violent actors,” said Ivan Briscoe, Bogota-based Latin America director with the International Crisis Group. “I do not think that Colombia has either the resources or experience to be able to ...
Noah Bonsey, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group: "It's fair to say the US policy options in Syria were never good and never easy, and they've gotten steadily worse and harder as the war has gone on.” Ambassador Frederic Hoff, Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East: “I think ...
Members of this administration "possess the skills needed for the restoration of functioning governance institutions in Sinjar,” stated the International Crisis Group (ICG) in a report published on Tuesday. When ISIS militants brutally marched into Shingal and its surroundings in August 2014, they arrested ...
Resentment against Syrians living in Turkey is rising, particularly in the country's urban centers where most Syrians live, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned in a recent report. The ICG particularly flagged up the hard-scrabble Istanbul district of Sultangazi as a site where tensions are rising amid ...
Johannesburg - The current leadership crisis affecting the ruling African National Congress is problematic for South Africa in the short-term, but positive in the long run. This is according to Piers Pigou, the International Crisis Group's Senior Consultant for Southern Africa, who told the African News Agency ...
"Tsvangirai embodied a spirit of resistance and hope that will be an enormous challenge to keep alive, especially for the MDC as it reels from internal divisions ahead of a critical election to be held in only a few months," said Piers Pigou, southern Africa director of the International Crisis Group. "It remains to ... Korea
“The Malay-Muslim separatist insurgency in Thailand's south has little in common with jihadism, but persistent instability could provide openings for foreign jihadis who thrive on disorder,” the International Crisis Group noted in a report released in July. “Without progress in peace talks or an inclusive ... Korea
“This is an important signal to Iraq and to Abadi going into elections,” said Elizabeth Dickinson, a Gulf researcher at the International Crisis Group. “This gives him something tangible to take back to Baghdad and show voters that he can deliver on reconstruction.” Several foreign officials at the conference, ... Korea
Noah Bonsey, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group who recently returned from a visit to Kurdish-controlled territories in northern Syria, said Turkey may either remain along the edges of Afrin or attempt to gain additional ground inside the enclave. "This is when things could really turn dangerous ... Korea
Saturday's confrontation signals "a different level of self confidence in Tehran and Damascus in terms of them having the upper hand in Syria," said Ofer Zalzberg, a Jerusalem-based senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. Video Will Begin In... 3. Play. Facebook · Twitter; Embed. FROM FEB. Korea
That's a possible silver lining to this tragic event,” said Piers Pigou, Zimbabwe analyst for the International Crisis Group. Tsvangirai died in a clinic in Johannesburg. Elias Mudzuri, one of the MDC's vice presidents, said on Twitter: “Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai has not been feeling well for some time, it is ... Korea
How can the dizzying changes, intersecting crises and multiplying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa since the 2011 Arab uprisings be best understood, let alone responded to? This long-form commentary by MENA Program Director Joost Hiltermann and our team steps back for a better look and ... Korea


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