International Crisis Group

Briefing paper

COVID-19 and conflict: seven trends to watch

The COVID-19 pandemic unquestionably presents an era-defining challenge to public health and the global economy. Its political consequences, both short- and long-term, are less well understood.

Exploiting disorder: Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

The Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda-linked groups, Boko Haram and other extremist movements are protagonists in today’s deadliest crises, complicating efforts to end them. They have exploited wars, state collapse and geopolitical upheaval in the Middle East, gained new footholds in Africa and pose an evolving...

Counting the costs: Myanmar’s problematic census

Myanmar’s controversial census has inflamed ethnic tensions at a critical moment in the peace process, argues this report. Overview Myanmar’s first census in over 30 years, an ambitious project conducted in April 2014 with technical advice from the UN and significant funding from bilateral donors...

Myanmar’s military: back to the barracks?

To advance stable reform, Myanmar's military needs to continue withdrawing from civilian life, argues this report. Overview Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, has been the dominant institution in the country for most of its post-independence history. After decades of military rule, it began the shift to...

Sri Lanka’s potemkin peace: democracy under fire

This report argues that, despite recent moves meant to show progress towards post-war reconciliation and respect for human rights, Sri Lanka’s government has not altered the authoritarian direction of its policies, and the rights and security of all communities remain under threat. Executive summary Sri...