Ringing warning bells before conflict occurs.
Analysts based in over 60 countries.
When the International Crisis Group was ranked as one of the top global think tanks in 2008, its then head Gareth Evans, though appreciative, was at pains to put paid to common misconception. Citing the organization’s strong field presence and focus on direct advocacy with decision makers, he remarked “we would prefer to call ourselves a ‘global conflict prevention and resolution organization’… we are more action than academically oriented.”
Founded in 1995, the International Crisis Group has quickly developed a global reach. With 130 permanent staff from 49 countries speaking 47 languages, the organization is dedicated to preventing and resolving conflicts through a combination of field-based analysis, judicious policy prescriptions and high-level advocacy. While its authoritative reporting on conflict dynamics has, in itself, established the organization as the world’s leading independent source of analysis and advice to governments and international actors, it is its ability to leverage the collective influence of its board of trustees – comprised of former statesmen and women – that sets it apart.
The organization has contributed behind-thescenes support and advice to critical peace negotiations – for instance in Sudan and Burundi – has provided detailed information unobtainable elsewhere – as on the Islamic Courts in Somalia – and has continued to ring early warning bells through its ‘CrisisWatch’ bulletin and ‘conflict alerts’.
(Photo © Samina Candace / ICG)