Steadying the New Status Quo in Syria’s North East (ICG)

A tumultuous month in north-eastern Syria has left a tense standoff among the regime, Turkey and the YPG, mediated by Russia and, to some degree, still the U.S. All parties should respect the ceasefire as the regime and YPG negotiate more stable long-term arrangements.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/eastern-mediterranean/syria/b72-steadying-new-status-quo-syrias-north-east

La Tunisie se rend aux urnes dans un contexte délétère (ICG)

Le premier tour de l’élection présidentielle anticipée tunisienne aura lieu ce dimanche 15 septembre. Selon l’analyste principal de Crisis Group sur la Tunisie, Michael Ayari, les risques de déraillement du processus électoral et de violences sont réels.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/north-africa/tunisia/la-tunisie-se-rend-aux-urnes-dans-un-contexte-deletere

Michaël Béchir Ayari

Seven Opportunities for the UN in 2019-2020 (ICG)

The UN General Assembly kicks off on 17 September amid general scepticism about the world body’s effectiveness in an era of rising great-power competition. But the UN is far from paralysed. Here are seven crisis spots where it can make a positive difference for peace.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/global/002-seven-opportunities-un-2019-2020

Iran Briefing Note #13 (ICG)

Iran Briefing Notes highlight and provide context for the previous week’s major events featured on International Crisis Group’s Iran-U.S. Trigger List. This infographic resource tracks developments on key flashpoints between Iran, the U.S. and their respective allies in the Middle East.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/iran/iran-briefing-note-13

Ukraine-Russia Prisoner Swap: Necessary, Not Sufficient (ICG)

A long-awaited prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia marks a positive development in their bilateral relationship. Both countries should now build on their recent progress to implement the 2014-2015 Minsk agreements, the surest path to ending the war in eastern Ukraine.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/eastern-europe/ukraine/ukraine-russia-prisoner-swap-necessary-not-sufficient

 

Behind Trump’s Taliban Debacle (ICG)

On 8 September, U.S. President Donald Trump made the startling announcement that he had invited Taliban leaders to Camp David for talks – and then cancelled the gathering. Crisis Group Asia Program Director Laurel Miller and consultant Graeme Smith explain what happened and what it means for prospects of ending Afghanistan’s war.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/asia/south-asia/afghanistan/behind-trumps-taliban-debacle