To access CrisisWatch N°1, please click here.
On 1 September 2003 The International Crisis Group launched the first edition of CrisisWatch, a new 12-page monthly bulletin designed to provide busy readers in the policy community, media, business and interested general public with a succinct regular update on the state of play in all the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world. To be published at the beginning of each calendar month, CrisisWatch will:
summarise briefly developments during the previous month in some 60 situations of current or potential conflict, listed alphabetically by region, providing references and links to more detailed information sources;
assess whether the overall situation in each case has, during the previous month, significantly deteriorated, significantly improved, or on balance remained more or less unchanged;
alert readers to situations where, in the coming month, there is a particular risk of new or significantly escalated conflict, or a particular conflict resolution opportunity, noting that in some instances there may in fact be both; and
Available in PDF format by email subscription (firstname.lastname@example.org), and in a limited print edition, CrisisWatch is compiled by ICG’s Brussels Research Unit, drawing on multiple sources including the resources of our more than 90 staff members across five continents, who already report on some 40 of the situations listed here.
Launching CrisisWatch, ICG President Gareth Evans, said “We know how much material is out there on these conflict issues and how many governments, research institutes, media organisations and websites are tracking it. But we felt there was a real need to bring it all together – and at the same time offer some snapshot guidance on significant trends, risks and opportunities.
“CrisisWatch doesn’t pretend to be the last word, but hopefully it will be, for all its readers each month, a useful first window,” Mr Evans said.