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For a man who regularly receives disturbing reports from war zones, last week was a particularly bad one for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Nov 19, 2012
Richard Gowan

West Africa, with its proximity to the world’s fastest growing and most lucrative consumer market for South American cocaine, is fast becoming a magnet for Latin American drug traffickers. Read the full Dallas Morning News article here

Apr 23, 2012
Organized Crime

Is the European Union about to engage in a proxy war in the Sahara?

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Aug 06, 2012
Richard Gowan
Libya, Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States

Global concern is currently mounting once more about the impacts of a more resource-scarce world, with particular attention focused at present on the risks of a renewed global food price spike following a spate of extreme weather in the US and around the world. These global trends have the potential to cause major problems for a country like Ethiopia, where wheat is by far the country's biggest import by value. Against this backdrop, CIC has published Resources, Risks and Resilience: Scarcity and climate change in Ethiopia, by CIC senior fellow Alex Evans.

Aug 01, 2012
Alex Evans

The high-profile conviction of Charles Taylor for war crimes linked to exploiting Sierra Leone’s diamond mines has reinforced the negative attention which high-value resources (HVRs) often receive. But the same high-value resources that have been linked to civil conflict can also contribute to promoting development in post-conflict countries.

Jun 20, 2012
Farah Hegazi
Sub-Saharan Africa

Providing humanitarian assistance amid conflict has always been a dangerous and difficult endevour; however, over the last decade aid worker casualties tripled, reaching over 100 deaths per year. From 2005 onwards the largest numbers of violent attacks on humanitarian personnel have been concentrated in a small number of countries representing the most difficult and volatile operating environments. Attacks in some of these settings have also grown more lethal and sophisticated and the number of kidnappings has risen dramatically.

Feb 01, 2011
Abby Stoddard, Adele Harmer, Jan Egeland

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) records major incidents of violence against aid workers, with incident reports from 1997 through the present. Initiated in 2005, to date the AWSD remains the single most comprehensive global source of this data, providing a much-needed quantitative evidence base for analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations. For more detail on the AWSD click here.

o Burundi was placed on the Peacebuilding Commission’s (PBC) agenda in June 2006, as the peacekeeping mission there was drawing down. This report assesses the PBC’s in-country performance against its different mandated functions and tools of engagement. It also considers the potential for the PBC’s engagement through the Country-Specific Meetings and assesses implications for the concept of Country-Specific Configurations.

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Feb 01, 2010
Shepard Forman, Gigja Sorensen, Rahul Chandran
Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States
Peace and Security

The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations and the Review of Political Missions have evolved into the Global Peace Operations Review, an interactive web-portal presenting in-depth analysis and detailed data on military peacekeeping operations and civilian-led political missions by the United Nations, regional organizations, and ad-hoc coalitions. The website can be accessed here Global Peace Operations Review