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15 Jan 2016 description

By EJ Hogendoorn

Today the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has formally ended.

At its height in mid-2014, there were concerns social order in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could collapse. International mobilisation, notably after the UN Security Council declared the epidemic "a threat to peace and security" on 18 September, brought an extensive intervention and steady progress in reducing the virus' spread.

24 Sep 2014 description

Dakar/New York/Brussels, 23 September 2014:

01 Mar 2009 description

Brussels - The global economic meltdown beginning in the latter part of 2008 had its effect on Crisis Group, as on every other organisation dependent on government, foundation and corporate income. We had to engage in some serious belt-tightening, reducing staff in some areas and cutting costs in others.

31 Jul 2008 description

Africa Report N°143

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Sierra Leone has made much progress since the civil war ended in 2002, but a number of social and economic time bombs must still be defused if an enduring peace is to be built. The 2007 elections, in which Ernest Bai Koroma won the presidency and his All People's Congress (APC) wrested the parliament from the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), restored legitimacy to the electoral process. Koroma's reform agenda promises much but must overcome big challenges.

01 Mar 2008 description

Brussels - What continues to make the International Crisis Group unique among organisations active in conflict prevention and resolution is our highly distinctive methodology: a combination of field-based research, sharply practical policy recommendations, and high-level advocacy. In January 2008 we were named by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, after an international peer survey, as one of the "Top Ten Think Tanks in the World".

01 Aug 2007 description
  • summarises briefly developments during the previous month in some 70 situations of current or potential conflict, listed alphabetically by region, providing references and links to more detailed information sources (all references mentioned are hyperlinked in the electronic version of this bulletin);

    - assesses whether the overall situation in each case has, during the previous month, significantly deteriorated, significantly improved, or on balance remained more or less unchanged;

    - alerts readers to situations where, in the coming month, there is a particular risk of new or …

12 Jul 2007 description

Africa Report N=B0129

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Sierra Leone holds presidential and legislative elections in August 2007. President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who won a landslide victory in 2002 at the end of the civil war, split the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) by anointing a successor, Vice-President Solomon Berewa. When Charles Margai formed the People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), the break-up rejuvenated politics but also heightened tension in SLPP strongholds.

12 Jul 2007 description

Dakar/Brussels, 12 July 2007: Heightened political tensions could lead to Sierra Leone's destabilisation if elections next month are not free and fair.

Sierra Leone: The Election Opportunity, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines the strains emerging prior to presidential and legislative elections and the impact they will have on the country's delicate peace-building.

08 Dec 2004 description


Africa Report N°87

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

03 Nov 2003 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

20 Dec 2002 description

Since January 2002 when President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah officially declared Sierra Leone's brutal eleven year civil war over, numerous efforts have been made to consolidate the peace. The 14 May election in which the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel group participated and was politically defeated, was, even if flawed, a significant step forward.

19 Aug 2002 description


Freetown/Brussels, 19 August 2002: Liberia is showing all the major warning signs of political, military, economic and social deterioration. The question is whether the international community will not only recognise these signs, but also muster the will to take effective action to prevent broader violence. A new ICG briefing paper, Liberia: Unravelling, warns that civilians are already panicked and will be the biggest losers if fighting escalates.

15 Jul 2002 description


PRESS RELEASE
Freetown/Brussels, 15 July 2002: The May 2002 election in Sierra Leone was the country's first truly non-violent vote. Sierra Leone continues to make remarkable progress in ending its eleven-year civil war.

24 Apr 2002 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
While the international community has made great strides in improving the security situation in Sierra Leone, Liberia remains a wellspring for continued conflict stretching across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Given the regional ambitions of its president, Charles Taylor, and his continued willingness to use proxy militia fighters in neighbouring states, the hard won peace in Sierra Leone remains in jeopardy.