Peace operations and crisis diplomacy are critical tools for conflict management and the prevention of war and atrocities. Despite tremendous progress in reducing levels of civil wars, tough challenges remain. CIC provides comprehensive empirical evidence, policy advice and fora for debate about effective strategy and alternative models for peace operations. Contested political transitions throughout the Arab world and beyond test the UN Security Council's and regional organizations' tools for crisis diplomacy as never before. Signature projects include the Global Peace Operations Review website, a series of thematic debates on peace operations at the UN, and work on coercive diplomacy.